One of the things I've long LOVED about this site is that external links DON'T open in a new browser window. I'm a longtime user of Internet Explorer. I used Netscape for several years, but eventually, IE became the browser of choice. Now the world seems to have moved on to Chrome, Firefox, and others, but I've stayed comfortable with Internet Explorer.
But the one thing I hate about IE is that the "open new window" operation will not open the window at the maximized setting. Yes, I know, I can stretch it to appear maximized and save that setting, but I wnat that middle icon in the top righthand corner to be the maximized setting. Netscape gave me an option setting to let new windows open maximized.
I do like the tab feature in more recent versions of Internet Explorer, in which I can alternate click (that's "right click" to the world that thinks that no one, save a few baseball players, is lefthanded) and choose to open something in a new tab. I ALWAYS do this on sites where I have learned by bad experience that links open in new browser windows. I also do it here and on other sites where I do want to keep the original page open. But I want to make that decision, not leave it in the hands of a web designer whose usability studies didn't include me.
Please, please, PLEASE keep opening links in the SAME browser window! Thanks.
Now another part of me wants to say something. I have recently begun visiting this and other sites from a Smartphone using the Android operating system. I actually like having another window opened automatically when I am using this site! This part of me would not complain too loudly if you were to implement a change to open external links in new browser windows!
Soon you will need to be in your 60s in order to remember the 60s.