While posting a question or an answer with hyperlinks, there is no option to let the hyperlink open in a new tab/window.
It would be super useful if there is a checkbox "Open Hyperlink in New Tab/Window". Something like this
Reasons for the need of this:
- When we open external links in the same tab, we create back-button fatigue for users. Every time the user goes to an external website they have to hit the back button to go back to the forum. If they decide to click the links on the other website, they have to hit the back button even more times to get back to our site. This is a lot of unnecessary work for users.
- Opening an external link in a new tab allows users to explore the other site as much as they want without having to hit the back button again and again to go back to our forum. All they need to do is click the tab our forum is on. Great user experience.
- It can save a lot of resources by opening external links in new tabs. If the user wants to go back to our forum, they won’t need to load the page again.They can just click our forum tab. This is fast and easy and doesn’t use any bandwidth.
- Analytics issue, just in case: Many times users will click an external link in the answer/question to better understand the question/answer's context. This doesn’t mean they want to leave our forum without having finished reading the article. However, our forum site analytics will show a different story. If the external links open in the same tab, it’ll show that users are exiting our forum quicker than they actually are.
P.S.: Before posting, I did search for the question and found actually no one has raised this important issue.