rkuchinsky wrote:Normal links do open in the same page. This is default behavior in HTML and good UI practice as it creates a behavior most users expect (going to that link right away) not an unexpected one (opening in new page or tab). That said I do use tabs as nurb describes when I want.
That may be true in some cases, but not on a page where you want to stay, like a discussion forum. You want to read a link, and go back to the discussion. The link you go to may take you to longer path you want to explore, but you can always go back to the discussion whenever you want to instead ad clicking "back". It's also annoying as hell when you DIDN'T open link in a new tab, and close it - meaning you've closed the discussion tab and can't go back.
Like Playdo said, this site is in the minority that doesn't open a new tab. It's what users expect 2012, and what is more convenient. This has been bugging me for years with core, and the topic has been raised several times.
And it's extra annoying on a tablet.