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What kind of link behavior do you want in this forum?

Leave it as is - Definately.
13
20%
It'd be nice if you left it alone.
9
14%
I don't care.
17
27%
It'd be nice if it were in a new window.
18
28%
Change it! - Definately!
7
11%
 
Total votes : 64

Forum Configuration Poll

Postby SavaTheAggie » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:03 pm

The developers of forum code changed the behavior of links in the forum when they wrote the phpBB 3.X code. Previously in phpBB 2.X, when you clicked on a link it launched a new window (or tab). Now when you click on a link, it opens in the same window, unless you right click on it. They had (in their minds) a good reason for doing this.

It can be changed back. However, it requires editing the forum code in several place in different files, something I'm not looking forward to. It also would not change any of the existing posts - only new ones. So existing posts would have to be edited before their links would open in a new window.

So my question to you - how do you feel about it? How much do you want links to open in new windows?

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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby icelus » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:03 am

I voted "I don't care," but that's not exactly the case. I would prefer to have the links open in a new window, but I do NOT want the admins to have to manually edit everything to make it work properly. It's way too much work, in my opinion, for a minor issue.

Instead, I'd say go to the phpBB user forums and bitch them out. :D
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Peppermint Pig » Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:42 am

It would be nice if it opened a new window, but I'm fine with whatever you settle on. Opening a new window with a link is just a keyboard combination away, so no big deal.
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby RichardAM » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:11 am

I don't care- right click > open new tab, easy as.
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby stuifzand » Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:03 pm

Open in new window.
This morning I followed a link to an image, accidently clicked the window away (as I am used to) and gone was the cc-forum.

Oh, and it is not hard to do.
http://www.phpbb.com/kb/article/links-o ... w-windows/
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Foamrider » Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:37 pm

Its a habit of mine to right click anyways, so leaving it the way it is doesn't bother me.
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Duckingham » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:43 pm

I say leave it as is now; opening in a new window is the world wide web of the past.

Web folks used to argue that opening a link in a new window allows your site to still be open, and will bring users back to the page. But this has gone by the wayside with usability studies, e.g. Jakob Nielsen's studies have shown again and again: people know how to use the "back" button. And to take into consideration the need for dynamic re-rendering of a page (to take into account the visited pages), Classic Castle currently has a very intuitive and helpful breadcrumb system.

And besides, if I want it in a separate window (or tab), as Foamrider mentioned, I can always right click. Then those of us who don't like it in a new window don't have to spend our time closing extra windows :( ...we can just keep on reading CC. :D
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Sir Dano » Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:23 pm

It doesn't bother me, as I just Ctrl + left click links to open them in a new tab.
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby CastleLord » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:23 pm

Sir Dano wrote:It doesn't bother me, as I just Ctrl + left click links to open them in a new tab.

You can also press the mouse wheel.

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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby kk634 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:08 pm

In my opinion, the new tab thing was better...
But it doesn't really matter either way for me.
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Sir Dano » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:20 pm

CastleLord wrote:
Sir Dano wrote:It doesn't bother me, as I just Ctrl + left click links to open them in a new tab.

You can also press the mouse wheel.

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My laptop doesn't have a mouse wheel. ;)
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby plucky » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:37 pm

Sir Dano wrote:Laptops don't have mouse wheels. ;)


Some of them you can get away with the "click both at the same time" to imitate
a middle-click (and some laptops do have the 3rd button as well, like the IBM next
to me). My default is usually to middle-click links anyway, so I voted 'don't care',
but manually editing forum code is a pain in the butt, because when you go to upgrade
things later, you have to remember to do it again :(
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Duckingham » Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:04 pm

Sir Dano wrote:It doesn't bother me, as I just Ctrl + left click links to open them in a new tab.

Oooh...that's my new favorite shortcut. Thanks! :D
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby stuifzand » Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:01 pm

Duckingham wrote:I say leave it as is now; opening in a new window is the world wide web of the past.

Yes,
but,
we are on a forum with loads of pictures.
We like to watch them, a lot. So we'll have to right-click, a lot.
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Re: Forum Configuration Poll

Postby Duckingham » Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:54 pm

stuifzand wrote:
Duckingham wrote:I say leave it as is now; opening in a new window is the world wide web of the past.

Yes,
but,
we are on a forum with loads of pictures.
We like to watch them, a lot. So we'll have to right-click, a lot.


Well ... I'll admit I'm new to this forum, so if there is a particular usability that most existing members prefer, I'm just as happy to get used to it, since I'm just tickled pink to have a Classic Castle forum. :D
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