I've read in the meta the discussion on why it's not a good idea to Change 'TAB' keyboard press functionality when typing a question so that it insert spaces instead of changing focus. The main concern is not to change the way textarea's have worked for a long time.
I totally agree with that, just like i think that pressing Enter should bring you to a new line inside a textarea, but facebook, for example, gives you an opportunity to override this default behaviour if you feel that pressing Enter should send the message instead. So why don't do something like this withe the Tab? We could have an option just like in facebook which
- appears only to registered users (no need to confuse casual users, a textarea is a textarea and should behave in a standard way)
- is disabled by default (the standard way behaviour is preserved)
- if is checked, it insert a tab instead of moving focus
Do you still think that this would be a bad idea?