I’d like to start this thread for everyone to collect suggestions about improving Blender defaults, since there are already big and courageous changes happening in 2.8. As almost all of you know, Blender has quite a few defaults that not only confuse new users, but are also widely unpopular among current, veteran Blender userbase. If there are some defaults that are disliked by both new and existing users, and changed by majority of them, then they are obviously not good defaults. The point of defaults is to align out of the box state of the software with expectations of the majority of the users, not minority, regardless of how vocal the minority is.
I am not going to mention default mouse button for selection, since it’s already been beaten to death and consensus on that is pretty clear. So here’s a few things I consider disliked by both new and existing users:
1, Selection should be not additive by default. This applies for both single item selection and border selection. Additive mode should be triggered by a modifier key, and default modifier key-less selection should override previous, not add to it.
2, Release Confirms feature should be enabled by default. The current way “tweak” tool sticks and waits for another mouse click makes it slower to use, less precise and evokes impression that user’s mouse button has malfunctioned. It’s a feature which often feels more like a bug.
I’ll keep adding more of these over time, and I hope others will too.