My firefox installation just upgraded to version three-d-somethingoranother which means that right-click-open-in-new-tab no longer opens the link in a new tab at the far right, but rather, next to the tab in which I’m clicking. You have no idea how utterly stupid this change is. I’ll tell you why.
For me, this totally affects my work flow. It is very very common for me to open a series of tabs in a certain order, with the order being part of the information I’m using to write something. Call it “outlining with links” if you will. That may seem strange, but let me explaining it this way: What Firefox has done is the equivalent of a text processor which randomizes the order of the letters in words I’ve typed.
(A very simple example of this is composing a web carnival.)
See, the thing is, it isn’t just that Firefox opens the new tab next to the one you are in when you click the link. No. That would just make everything backwards and I can live with that. Rather, it opens the first tab next to the tab you’re in, then any subsequent tabs you click on get opened to the right of that just-opened tab. For several tabs until maybe you go away and come back and Firefox figures it can start loading them next to your active tab again.
Technically, that is not random, but it may as well be.
The reason this is the stupidest thing that I’ve seen since, well, for several hours now is this: The very opening of tabs, let along the way they open, has probably become part of the work flow for a lot of users. A change in basic functionality like this is simply wrong. You don’t change basic functionality in such an arbitrary fashion. Ever.
There was a correct way to do this, which is so obvious that it makes me think that the people who run Firefox are on some very heavy drugs. This is the way: Yes, having tabs open right next to the one you are clicking in is a good idea for some people, and should be an option. So add it as an option. Do not eliminate the old behavior and replace it with the new behavior because some shit-ass techieboy who got stoned on silicon in the valley decided s/he wanted it that way. No. You make it as an option and tell people about it and if they want it they can chose it. Once it has been an option for, like, ever (18 months, say) you can consider making the new fangled way the default. But you don’t throw out the old way and replace it with this new way. Sorry. No.
For those of you who are annoyed by this behavior, click here and install this thingy that will make it go away. You should not have to do this. For all we know, this Firefox add in is a virus that will take over the world or something. In any event, even if it works great (and so far it does for me), it is fix to a problem that exists only because the development crew at Firefox had a bad batch of martinis and their hangover really sucked. Screw them.