I’ve been waiting 2.5 years for this since I started the topic. Still hopeful it will be added as an option.
I just merged a new feature:
This adds a new
search_default_sort_order site setting, set to “relevance” by default, that controls the default sort order for the full page
If the user changes the order in the dropdown on that page, we remember their preference automatically, and it takes precedence over the site setting as a default from then on. The preference is stored in browser LocalStorage, so it is device-specific.
Thank you very much!