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Ask HN: Why don't links posted on HN open in a new tab?
4 points by amogh 909 days ago | 3 comments



Because the average HN user is perfectly able to middle-click or ctrl-click or long-tap (or whatever combination works in your specific environment) when he wants something to open in a tab? It's not the AOL target audience.

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It's a lot easier for a user to force a link to open in a new tab than it is for the user to force the link to open in the same tab.

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Because it is better to have the link open where the user specifies. This is why browsers should control where links open.

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