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Virtually all windows browsers support Ctrl-Click on a URL by opening it in a new tab or window.

StackOverflow sites normally support this for their URLs too.

Not so with the new banners that look like this:
Welcome to Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers -- check out the FAQ!
and
Welcome to Q&A about the Stack Exchange engine powering these sites -- check out the FAQ!

The "FAQ" on those banners looks like a URL, but is buggy.
In stead of letting the browser open the URL, it only executes some JavaScript that closes the banner, and opens the URL in the SAME window or tab, even if you Ctrl-Click on it.

Plain wrong web UI behaviour: if you manifest something as a URL to the user, it should behave like one.

The old banners (notifying about new answers, favourites, etc) used to work correctly.

--jeroen

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It appears these 'new' FAQ things might not be new. Somehow, both StackOverflow and meta required a page refresh in order to understand my login-cookies this morning. Still: when you are not logged in, the banner behaves buggy; banners with 'changed favourites', 'new answers', etc behave correctly. –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Sep 11 '10 at 8:38

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

The smartest thing to do would be to have a proper href="/faq" for the link and only have the JavaScript function hide the banner.

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Totally agreed; now I'm confused (because of the way meta works: answers that solve the underlying problem, are not always answering the question): should I accept your answer? –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Sep 16 '10 at 16:47
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@Jeroen: it's entirely up to you, accept rate isn't really an issue on meta so it doesn't matter if you leave it open. The only people who can provide a real answer are the SO dev team - and that may happen at some point. –  Andy E Sep 16 '10 at 18:48

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