Redirect to original destination after login intercept (not to homepage)
Short, concise description of the idea
A user who has clicked a link to LJ when logged out, and who is redirected to a login page, should be redirected to her original destination after logging in, not to her LJ home page, which is not where she was trying to go.
Full description of the idea
When a user who isn't currently logged in/whose login cookie has expired clicks on a link to any LJ, the system currently redirects them to a login page, whether the link they're following is to a public entry or not. Upon log-in, the system then sends the user to their home page, forcing them to go back several steps to wherever they were when they found the link they were interested in following. I'm not a coder/developer, but I would assume that if it's possible to code so as to send the user to their home page, it ought to also be possible to code so as to send them to the place they were trying to get to in the first place.
Alternatively, perhaps you could consider not forcing users to log in when following a link to an unsecured/public entry on LJ, which would only require eliminating whatever bit of code is doing the redirect now.
- Increased traffic to entries linked from other posts/sites (at least some of the time, the multiple redirects and the need to go back and figure out where the link was will mean the user gets annoyed or distracted, and never reaches the original destination at all)
- Increased ease of use for all LJ users who, for whatever reason, are not permanently logged in
- Saving of time and irritation for said users
- It would require some coding time. Otherwise, I honestly can't think of any.