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So, I've never quite understood this, but what's with the default latest-post-first forum configuration for registered members? While I personally don't mind it (and actually prefer it over the "normal, latest-last" setup :tomatoface:), I've noticed that it can confuse discussions.

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So, I've never quite understood this, but what's with the default latest-post-first forum configuration for registered members? While I personally don't mind it (and actually prefer it over the "normal, latest-last" setup :tomatoface:), I've noticed that it can confuse discussions.

You can change it under "user CP - edit options." I have no idea why members default to that... I prefer it though.

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You can change it under "user CP - edit options." I have no idea why members default to that... I prefer it though.

Oh, I certainly agree (maybe that's why this is the forum I visit the most, because I'm used to this layout), and I hope that it sticks around when DJP rolls out the new forum.

I've just noticed that it sometimes causes issues when people jump into a thread, take a glance at the first few items, and then comment. While this isn't always a problem, it can lead to some confusion and frustration in threads that rely on posters/commenters reading the first post (such as the current OCR Mascot voting thread) if a new user is automatically shown the newest stuff instead of the (rather important) first post.

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Hmm, perhaps, but I'm not sure how the date would apply as far as confusion with not reading the OP is concerned

Well, if you read the date, you'd know how recent the post was, and if you scroll through the page, it should be clear what the chronology of the posts are. When you know that, you can get the idea that if you want the first post, you'd want the first chronological post. ;-)

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Well, if you read the date, you'd know how recent the post was, and if you scroll through the page, it should be clear what the chronology of the posts are. When you know that, you can get the idea that if you want the first post, you'd want the first chronological post. ;-)

Post numbers help too :-)

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