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An example: a user can choose the number of items per page when pagination is used. The choices could be predefined or free to choose.

Should I provide an option like 'site default (10)', noting that the value could change in the future?

I may not have picked the best example for this, but it should get the idea across.

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As a user, is there any benefit in knowing the default value? For pagination, probably not. For some other cases, probably yes.

Anyway, if you want to note which value is the default one, you should change the order of your example, so that each value keeps in line:

  • 5
  • 10 (default)
  • 15

instead of

  • 5
  • default (10)
  • 15

"Site" could be omitted, I guess, as it doesn’t add any useful information.

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Having a choice of 'Default' sounds like a good idea to me. I think that the 'follow the default' selection should be separate from the other 'fixed' selections that you provide like so:

  • Default (5)
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15

That way its clear that you can pick '5' or 'the default'. Having it look slightly different is ok since it means something slightly different than the other selections.

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This option has the advantage of being able to say "I want it to be 5, and if the default changes, I still want it to be 5." – Grant Nov 25 '13 at 19:22

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