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The open in new tab links of Newsletters and Question Subscriptions in the site's Edit Profile & Settings under the EMAIL SETTINGS are not open in the new tab, instead of it opens in the same page.

This issue exists in all the Stack Exchange sites.

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    What made you think the icons mean "open in new tab"? It's not written anywhere. I have no idea what they mean, they are just noise for me, guess they might mean "this points to some other site", due to the arrow pointing out. – Shadow Dec 5 '17 at 11:20
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The icon doesn't mean the links will open in a new tab. It means the links point to a different domain than the one you're currently on.

When clicking on those links, you are leaving meta.stackexchange.com and navigating to stackexchange.com.

  • They why the link in the Create job alert opens in new tab? – Arulkumar Dec 5 '17 at 10:47
  • @Arulkumar No idea. There's a lot of theory on when to open a new tab/window and when not to. But the icon doesn't have anything to do with it. – Stijn Dec 5 '17 at 10:51
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    @Arulkumar there is no policy. Every developer decides on his/her own how the link will behave when adding new links. That's the way it always was in SE, and most likely always will be. (And that's why it's a total mess, some links open in new tab, some same window, etc.) – Shadow Dec 5 '17 at 11:22

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