[Users] [Bug 2939] make Sort By/Thread Date the default

Chad Wallace cwallace at lodgingcompany.com
Sat Jul 5 00:45:11 CEST 2014

On Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:56:21 +0200
Albert ARIBAUD <albert.aribaud at free.fr> wrote:

> These facts led me (in comment #8, then again in comment #17) to
> suggest that:
> - only one date-sorting be kept: "sort by date";
> - that the date in question be defined as the "message date" when not
>   threading, and the "thread date" when threading;
> - that the "thread date" be defined as the oldest or newest thread
>   message date, depending on a two-option switch in the View/Sort
>   menu, similar in appearance to the Ascending/Descending switch,
>   only with "Thread date is oldest message date/Thread date is
>   newest message date";
> - In order to keep current default behaviour unchanged, set "sort by
>   date" and "thread date is newest message date" as defaults.
> I know I've said this already; however, it has received no feedback,
> not even an acknowledgement of existence, which makes it hard for me
> to decide whether my suggestion is deemed pointless or simply ignored
> because a personal argument is developing.

Perhaps the reason you haven't got a response is because the ticket is
about changing the default setting.  The developers don't want to do
it, and the reporter is adamant that they must.  Myself, I couldn't
care less what the default is.  I have it set the way I want it, and
that's it.

As far as what you've suggested, I fully agree with you.  Your
suggestions would expose the true behaviour much better than the terms
"by date" and "by thread date".  

However, for the sake of implementation, it may be easiest just to
change the two existing labels.  The trick is finding the right labels
that say exactly what they do...

How about: "By date (oldest in thread)" and "By date (newest in


C. Chad Wallace, B.Sc.
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