Currently we can get a link to a thread by right-clicking the date of it's creation below thread title. It looks a little bit strange to me that thread title itself is not a link, but thread starting date is.
Can you exchange things or additionally make thread title a link to the thread?
I get the page refresh reason.
The default link behaviour is "open in the same window", so it wouldn't open in a new window.
Copy-n-paste doesn't really require a refresh, but I can see wanting to refresh just in case of a content edit change by another poster.
Another reason ...
easy way to copy the thread's URL with a right clicking of the link.
Instead I have to cut out the unwanted part of the URL that is in the browser window ... like the one I have now.