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Mar 6, 2013 09:35 AM

reverse reply order?

I really dislike seeing the most recent replies to a post first. How can I reverse this order?

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    1. To reverse the order, click on the clock button on the top of any discussion (see picture).

      This button will set the default for any discussion you go into from then on.

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      1. re: Dave MP

        thanks for that. It actually took me a while to make your suggestion work... the clock button DIDN'T EXIST until I thought to log in. So visitors won't even have the ability to fix this.

        And who thought of that sort order... the OriginalPost at the top, then you start reading replies from the bottom up, except replies to a reply are under it.

        Written by programmers, for programmers.

        1. re: Dave_in_PA

          I think the "default" sort (once one has signed up for CH and remembered to sign in) is oldest first (so you follow the thread as it evolved in a logical time sequence). Sub-threads get posted in the same order, oldest first and then the replies to them sorted in the same fashion. This makes sense the way I read the site.

          1. re: Servorg

            The default *is* to sort by oldest first. But when you leave a reply in a thread and it's at the first level of the conversation tree (initial reply to the original post), it posts at the top of the thread. That's a bit disconcerting. It doesn't fall to its expected spot in the thread until after a refresh.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I always figure that was just for ease of programming in terms of where you first viewed your new post in case you caught any errors or realized you left out some key piece of information and needed/wanted to edit right then.

        2. re: Dave MP

          Thanks, and thanks to the replies. I wouldn't have thought to log in - I don't regularly - to find this.

          1. re: Dave MP

            Thats good and all, but is there a way to save it for my profile? At the moment anytime I open a new thread I have to click that and then it registers having read all the posts and collapses them when it reorders them, and I have to keep doing this for all threads. Not a fan of most recent on top and suddenly all threads are like that for me.

            1. re: TeRReT

              It is supposed to stick once you choose it, though I think it's a cookie setting rather than saved to your profile. It is sticking for me when I change it in Chrome. I'll check Firefox and see if it might be browser thing.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                Though, now that I'm experimenting, it looks like it is attached to your login, because when I logged into Firefox, my setting from here showed up there. It is supposed to be saved, though, so if it's not sticking, that's not good.

              2. re: TeRReT

                Jacquilynne is correct, this is a setting that's remembered as part of your account. You're set to the old chronological order at the moment (oldest-first). Is this not what you're seeing?

                1. re: Engineering

                  It appears to have sorted itself out and is working correctly now. I may have been guilty of too many tabs open and some may have been old or maybe i clicked to change in various different tabs. At any rate it is showing how I prefer it again by default so I am happy!


                  1. re: TeRReT

                    Ah, yes, the situation you describe could have resulted in some very strange behavior depending on when you clicked the sort button relative to opening other tabs. Glad to hear it's been sorted out, and please let us know if you run into any further oddities.