On the forum I maintain, I regularly post details of upcoming releases of our software. All of these follow the same pattern and structure. In the absence of post templates (which I think would be overkill), my process is to open an existing topic in one window, and a composer in another. To do this currently means I have to:
- Open a new browser window.
- Type or copy-paste the forum URL, or click a bookmark.
- Click the “new topic” button.
- (Generally) drag the composer up to full height.
I know that there’s the ability to craft a URL for this:
and I could set up a bookmark that I could then middle-click for a new tab or shift-click for a new window, but that’s not immediately intuitive.
Is it feasible to make the “new topic” button open the composer in a new tab when it is clicked with a modifier key?
(On a side note, I think it’s totally correct that the “reply” button isn’t a link, as it’s completely contextual, but the “new topic” button could, I think, be a link – semantically at least – as it’s a separate action you’re undertaking. I do, of course, understand why it behaves the way it does in the context of Discourse’s design – so not necessarily suggesting that it be changed!)