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Mod Version: 1.00, by Retal (Member) Retal is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.x Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 15
Released: 06 Apr 2010 Last Update: Never Downloads: 71
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Experts such as Jakob Nielsen have said literally since the beginning of the internet that opening links in a new window is a bad usability practice.
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530.html

If I want a new window, I will open it myself!
Read more if you're interested.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...ndow+usability

It's 2010 and vBulletin still opens all external links in a new window!

With this mod all links open in the same window as they should.
The users can choose if they open the link in the same window, a new tab or a new window.
vBulletin (aka YOU as the forum owners) doesn't force its decision on them anymore.

Tested in forum and blog posts, vB 3.6.x to 4.0.2.

I've been using this mod since vB 3.6. It's so simple I haven't ever had to change the code.
If you want to use it in an older version of vB, feel free. It will very probably work.

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Old 06 Apr 2010, 15:32
Retal Retal is offline
 
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Reserved.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 16:04
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^ for a admin it´s a negative thing then a visitor leaves your page so fast...
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 16:14
Retal Retal is offline
 
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I led these conversations three or four years ago.
But it boils down to this:

Opening a link in a new window won't stop the visitor from leaving your web if it sucks.
Forcing your visitor to do something he doesn't expect and doesn't want is intimidating and wrong.

Please read the arguments in the links above.

I've been using the mod for three years. My users are happy and don't leave the forum. They can use middle-click, Shift+click, Ctrl-click and all other ways to control their browsing without me raping their user experience.

But I certainly don't force you to use it on your board.

Last edited by Retal; 05 Mar 2011 at 20:36.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 16:35
Bergler Bergler is offline
 
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Why is this mod not supported??
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 16:46
Retal Retal is offline
 
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Hi Bergler, frankly the mod is really so simple there is little to support; plus there are longer periods when I'm not at vB.org.

Should a problem arise, I'll try to respond.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 16:58
Bergler Bergler is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Retal View Post
Hi Bergler, frankly the mod is really so simple there is little to support; plus there are longer periods when I'm not at vB.org.

Should a problem arise, I'll try to respond.
OH, I see! Until you just explained it, I was under the impression that when it said "not supported" It meant VB did not support this mod!! Thanks for clarifying that!! For those that are wondering, after I installed this mod, links from vBalinks still open in a new window and banners do as well, perfect. Thanks for the great mod Retal, cheers!
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 18:53
Verionia Verionia is offline
 
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How about a mod for opening a new link in the background? Can you create this as firefox does it?
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 18:58
Retal Retal is offline
 
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Hi Verionia, if the users want, they can open any link in the background with a middle-click in all current browsers. There is no need for a mod.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 19:40
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Experts such as Jakob Nielsen have said literally since the beginning of the internet that opening links in a new window is a bad usability practice.
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530.html


If I want a new window, I will open it myself!
Read more if you're interested.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...ndow+usability

It's 2010 and vBulletin still opens all external links in a new window!
Expert? Never heard of him. There might have been some argument against opening new browser windows or tabs in 1996 or 1999 but this is 2010. We now have faster multicore processors, RAM is cheap, and high speed internet connections are the norm.

The rule of thumb that vBulletin follows is the same one most people use on professional websites these days: Open local links in the same window and other links in a new window or tab.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 19:54
Retal Retal is offline
 
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Hello Dj Baxter, you're mistaken. To force links to open in a new window is wrong today just as it was wrong 10 years ago.

And even though I dislike arguments by appealing to authority, Jakob Nielsen is THE expert on web usability. If you've never heard of him, that's probably only because you've never heard of usability.

As I've said to Kolbi - no one forces you to use this mod.
But for those who see the mandatory target="_blank" in vB as a big mistake, this mod will easily help them make it right.

Cheers,
Martin

Last edited by Retal; 06 Apr 2010 at 20:01.
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Old 06 Apr 2010, 20:17
ViktorDA ViktorDA is offline
 
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Deleted this mod.
I read Jakob Nielsen, but I think for the forum is just not necessary. Sorry.
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Old 07 Apr 2010, 14:50
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Dr.osamA Dr.osamA is offline
 
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thanxx man

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Old 07 Apr 2010, 17:49
Verionia Verionia is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Retal View Post
Hi Verionia, if the users want, they can open any link in the background with a middle-click in all current browsers. There is no need for a mod.
Oh my goodness, I didnt know this until today! Thanks. lol
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Old 07 Apr 2010, 18:43
Retal Retal is offline
 
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No need for irony, Verionia. You should rather ask yourself - why do you want to mimic a behaviour through a vB modification that all browsers can already do by themselves?

Dr. osamA, happy to help.
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