Originally Posted by The Bassist
I guess it depends on your browser... I've got firefox, and rather than new windows, I get new tabs which are a big plus for me. When viewing a video or checking on an older thread from a link, I like to be able to have the thread I came from right there and not having to wait for it to reload to get back to it. This is helpful for, say, viewing a video and typing a response while watching/listening. I can see that many new windows could get annoying though... maybe you could try other browsers and see how that works out?
I like the links opening in a new tab for the same reason.