I work in ID all day, constantly placing images. It frustrates me that whenever I open a document and try to place a file, it brings me to a completely unrelated folder (wherever I last placed an image).
Wouldn't it make sense for inDesign to open the finder folder where the current document is saved? That's where all of my links and images are saved... If I'm placing into that document, isn't it likely that my links can be found in the same folder as the document?
Any way to change this setting?
This is one of those things where no matter what behavior is chosen, it's going to be wrong for somebody.
Best you can do for now is request this be made a user option: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform