I keep finding myself forgetting to open links in a new tab and losing track of where the question I was reading is at.
I don't see any cases that someone would be reading a question and not want a link in the question to open in a new window or tab. So would it be possible to just make this the default?
Since it looks like the answer is just going to be no I am going to add on some additional comments that I would like some clarification on.
Some of the prior reasoning for not wanting this feature have been:
I expect my programs to leave me in control. Please stop trying to mess that up
The website should not open new windows. As already mentioned, you can do it yourself when you want.
And many more along the same lines. This is great and all, but if this is the true reasoning, why does chat open links in a new tab?
It would make me feel much better if I could at least get a consistent reasoning.