Users have access to a bunch of different content views on the homepage
I would like to propose the following behaviour.
Suppose a user starts out on the homepage (let’s say that the default view is “Latest”)
The user has a particular preference for the “Categories” view, so they click categories and from there they read some topics.
The next day, the user returns to the homepage.
Instead of seeing “Latest”, they now see the “Categories” view (because when they clicked categories, we stored their preference in a cookie)
Why I think this behaviour is preferable
Reverting to default on the homepage (the way it works now) is a way of pushing the user in the direction of the default view. Yes, you can click categories, but the default view is the way you’re supposed to use the site. Eliminating this behaviour would give the user freedom to use the system however they chose.
In some communities (the ones used to classic forum software), there can be a strong preference for the category view among the existing users (who dislike the “Latest view” because they’re not used to it)
By introducing this feature, anyone can use whatever view they want.