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reverse reply order?

Splendid Spatula Mar 6, 2013 09:35 AM

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

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  1. Dave MP RE: Splendid Spatula Mar 6, 2013 10:01 AM

    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
      Dave_in_PA RE: Dave MP Mar 7, 2013 07:05 AM

      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
        Servorg RE: Dave_in_PA Mar 7, 2013 08:55 AM

        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
          LindaWhit RE: Servorg Mar 7, 2013 10:19 AM

          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
            Servorg RE: LindaWhit Mar 7, 2013 10:35 AM

            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
        Splendid Spatula RE: Dave MP Mar 7, 2013 09:24 AM

        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
          TeRReT RE: Dave MP Mar 7, 2013 06:22 PM

          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
            Jacquilynne RE: TeRReT Mar 8, 2013 07:28 AM

            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
              Jacquilynne RE: Jacquilynne Mar 8, 2013 07:34 AM

              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
              Engineering RE: TeRReT Mar 8, 2013 11:09 AM

              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
                TeRReT RE: Engineering Mar 9, 2013 06:32 PM

                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
                  Engineering RE: TeRReT Mar 11, 2013 02:19 PM

                  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.

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