It would be nice if in this modern era, Stack Exchange links open in a new tab.
I know that this was voted upon back in 2009, but the times they are a changing and that was six years ago. Several users have discussed this morning that there would be serious advantage in having the Stack Exchange platform do this by default.
It is understood that a userscript could do this, but we prefer a SE internal solution over a browser-script implementation, so for purposes of this revisited discussion we consider that an incomplete solution. Additionally, right click is an insufficient answer; likewise not all users have middle mouse buttons and many use mobile devices.
Thank you for your reasoned consideration of this request and revisiting the topic in a more modern era.