Any new window that gets opened appears on the bottom of the window stack, not on top. This happens with all new windows, whether started from the menu, from the panel, from within a program (i.e. Terminal), or as a new application window (i.e. open new window in firefox).
Can you elaborate a bit? I cannot reproduce the issue.
Giving some details on your settings might be a start.
/general/keytheme No alt move
/general/title_font Sans Bold 9
** (xfconf-query:5178): WARNING **: Unable to convert GValue to string
See bug #4795: "Avoid placing unfocused windows on top of the current focused window when not focusing new windows (Bug #4795)."
*** Bug 4965 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 5479 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
when you open new windows you want to see them. you are opening them _because_ you want to see them!! new windows don't need focus, but they do need to be raised.
please fix this bug.
Please. Wait a minute. It is not appropriate to disregard this bug as Invalid. That is simply untrue. Xfce window manager has always allowed new windows to be created without focus and on top. This, alone, proves this behavior is worthy of bug status--even if you don't like it for your own desktop. Call it legacy behavior if you are spiteful, but it is still an *error* to alter it.
Furthermore, this is a perfectly normal, reasonable, legitimate, and, I suggest, superior behavior. If all new windows get focus, then all of the unexpected windows that pop-up (from IM clients, IRC, things that run in the tray, optical media burns, etc.) will steel focus while one is working on something else. It is a natural mode of operation for use with focus-follows-mouse which means, "when my mouse is in my xterm, don't switch to that other alert window."
Look, I cannot live with Xfce without this feature. I don't know how you can either, but I'm not saying you are wrong to do so. Why can't we have this behavior restored? I don't see how the Xfce development team has any cause to deny this fix.