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Especially if he or she cannot relocate a favorite article in the section last visited, because some number of other "occasional readers" migrated it elsewhere and the title is long gone from RECENT DIARIES list.
There is still the learning process ... learning to click "+" if you are going to want to revisit an article is one of the things to learn.
But for the weekly reader, speaking as an oft-times weekly reader, it would without a doubt be appealing to have sections that you could page back through to look at what had happened in the week.
The "occasional reader", presuably prioritizing speed and accuracy in locating a particular class of article, could likely conclude over a period of time (say, months) the DIARIES menu fails to satisfy this expectation and is an unreliable method.
I don't see the likelihood. Given a small enough class of categories that are defined in terms of the types of diaries that are commonly posted, the regular users of ET that recommend diaries for the reclist will be far more reliable in forming coherent groups than a sectioning that relies on each individual author's interpretation of the meaning of each section.
And whereas in the author-selected sections, in a blog with the level of traffic of ET, there's a very strong incentive to pick the section that gets the most traffic, and we're back to the "all diaries in politics" scenario.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
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