I want this feature in order to support an “inbox” use case for processing forum traffic: I have a search that I want to sort by least recently posted (so that I can work down the queue of posts awaiting a response), and I can only get most recently posted (afaict).
I was looking for a way to sort results by oldest (ascending chronological order, adding these terms for future search on meta…) when searching inside a topic.
I couldn’t find “Sort by Oldest Post” (there’s only Latest Post), but I did try “Sort by Latest Topic” and it did work.
I think I understand the logic, but the words are a bit counterintuitive in this particular case.
A choice of ascending/descending chronological order would be, for me, a nice addition, I sometimes try to do that, and did it on other forums that allowed it. Often most for fun than looking for specific and interesting info though.
Also, I wonder how often people sort by Latest, compared to the default “Relevance”. I often use “by Latest” on many forums.