I just finished posting my biggest complaint about the new format to another SB Nation thread. I'm not 100% happy with the changes, but I'm willing to accept them without further griping if you'll do one thing: stop sending me away. Seriously: stop making me leave TN, without telling me first.
I don't mind visiting Voodoo 7 or whatever USF calls its site. I actually visit SB Nation myself pretty frequently, and one look at my list of site memberships should tip you off that I don't stick to TN exclusively. But it drives me nuts to go to a link like the "Charting Florida State's Misery" site and find it's on SBNation, with Gators salivating over the opportunities to troll. It's like finding fanposts regurgitating Bleacher Report or authored by HD-who-shall-not-be-named. I simply prefer not to visit those links sometimes.
So I am asking you to find a way to make this easy. Please, don't tell me to look at the link address in the bottom of the screen. Don't tell me to click the back button. Don't tell me 'don't read the article.' All those things are not solving the problem, which is that I want to comment on articles about Seminoles with my fellow fans, who largely commiserate. Shared misery is halved, shared joy is trebled. Sending me to a site where others lurk to compound my misery is rubbing it in. Setting up external links this way through TN is doing that, albeit with the best of intentions.
Simple suggestion for TN's site editors on how to avoid this:
1) Put a note regarding where the link leads if it is external: "SB Nation takes on," or "BC Interrupted says." Easy, does everything I need, lets me know I'm not among friends BEFORE I get there.
2) Failing that, simply put all external links consistently in one half of the four-box on the right. You then don't have any extra work. We just know not to click those and be mad about perceived trolling. Just tell us which half. Top, bottom, left, right, you pick it and let us know.