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DN link targets.

over 5 years ago from , design / founder @fangohr studio

I think designer news would be a lot more usable if the links wouldn't force a new tab. It's especially annoying on the iPhone where it takes multiple actions to get back to the feed. Eh?

18 comments

  • Kelly SuttonKelly Sutton, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    What if I told you, that you can now configure this in your user settings?

    26 points
  • Saransh SinhaSaransh Sinha, over 5 years ago

    I agree. On desktops, people can always Cmd+Click.

    8 points
  • Adam T.Adam T., over 5 years ago

    You'd increase bounce rate... discussion links open same tab because it's the same DN environment, new domains should always be a new tab imo..

    6 points
    • Nathan NNathan N, over 5 years ago

      Yeah external links should always open in a new page.

      4 points
      • florian fangohrflorian fangohr, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        The new option to customize links is great. Always and ever are promises guaranteed to fail.

        1 point
    • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, over 5 years ago

      You'd increase bounce rate... discussion links open same tab because it's the same DN environment, new domains should always be a new tab imo..

      [citation needed]

      Clients keep asking for this behaviour, so I've ended up testing it a lot over the years.

      Every time I've split tested it — no difference.

      Every time I've usability tested it — no problem (in fact the problem has been with the new-tab option).

      3 points
    • David BarkerDavid Barker, over 5 years ago

      You might increase bounce rate, but I'd argue that you'd be sacrificing it for a better user experience.

      Most people—especially the more tech-savvy users (designers, developers, etc.) that I assume make up the majority of DN visitors—these days, know how to open something in a new tab/window if they want it that way.

      Usually, when I've sat next to someone who isn't quite as tech-savvy, they're more confused when something opens in a new tab than when it replaces the current page. Tabs are (still) confusing to them, but the ‘Back’ button isn't.

      0 points
    • Cameron MollCameron Moll, over 5 years ago

      You'd increase bounce rate...

      That sounds like an advertiser's mentality. DN doesn't strike me (yet) as subsisting on advertising dollars, so this may be a moot point.

      I agree with the concern about usability on handheld devices and extra taps to return to DN.

      3 points
  • Tim BowenTim Bowen, over 5 years ago

    I completely disagree. For desktop I love having each link open to a new tab so I can explore many links without having to use the back button.

    2 points
  • David BarkerDavid Barker, over 5 years ago

    I've often thought the same.

    2 points