I’d like that feature, too. In my case, it is for a category with topics that I’d like sorted by date as each topic has a video recording of a council meeting and it would easiest to digest them in chronological order in terms of finding meetings and having a sense of what is going on in the town.
I found a work around if anyone else reads this thread looking for how they can sort their topics in a category in chronological order of some sort. See this thread:
Just wanted to cross reference a post of a user asking for support as they had a difficult time finding a meeting thread in a category. If sorting be alphanumeric was available, this would not be an issue for us.
The ability to sort a topic list alphabetically by title would also be helpful for when Discourse is deployed as an intranet.
For instance, in MacOS, Windows, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. “sort by name” is a default or common way to organize files. When Discourse is being used for a staff directory, to provide easy access to policy documents, to provide notes from a regular meeting, and for other common use cases in an intranet, ‘sort by name’ would be a natural and preferred way to organize content within a Category.
I’d use this to list topics tagged #recommendations.
Currently I manually maintain an “index” topic with links in alphabetical order to individal recommendations topics, and an automated index page with alphabetical sorting by title would save me a lot of time
Thanks for keeping this thread alive. I know that there are strong feelings about alpha sort NOT becoming an option, and many use cases have been proposed, all responded to with defenses of tags and other sorts of search.
I’d love it if someone could suggest a way for me to handle the following use case:
I have 25 topics, each containing a video up for discussion.
It’s important that people work through the videos in the right order.
So, if I number the topics and have an alpha sort, we’re done. The user can start at the top, and work their way down. All they have to remember is where they left off and pick up next time.
If I use any of the many existing sort options, they get scrambled. The one possible hack is creation date, but that makes it really difficult for me to edit the list in any useful way.
Am I misunderstanding my use case, or am I stuck? I asked the bot, but he gave up.
Could you edit the topic timestamps to create the order you need? For instance, I changed these ones to be 1 hour apart (00:00, 01:00, 02:00), and then that would allow me to insert up to 59 extra topics in between (with a little timestamp tweak) if I wanted to add in 'Lesson 1.1, Lesson 1.2, etc later). Would that work for you?