Specific sort style per category?

To say it before: I read the discussions and I’m fine with the default sort style of discourse :slight_smile:

Our use case is a little special. We want to use a category of our forum as changelog for our own software. To keep the order of changes, it’s crucial to keep the topics in order of their creation.

I found that you can define the order of a category with an URL param like ?order=created. But is there a way to set this as the default sorting for a specific category and keep the other categories as is?

Any help would be appreciated :slight_smile:


It is a good idea but not currently supported to set sort defaults per category.

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Definitely something we would like to see as well. Our use case is for an “Announcements” or “News” category that need to always have most recent on top.

I am happy to add it to our development timeline in #releases; the feature makes sense.


I added this feature today. We’re using it in our #releases category. You’ll find the setting in the category modal under the Settings tab:


This is great, can’t wait to try it out! When can we expect to see this deployed to hosted forums?

Should be deployed sometime this week.


Thanks! We’re trying it out now :slight_smile:


Here’s my feedback:

The setting works as expected within a single category :thumbsup:

However, topics from the categories that have been configured with “Default Sort: Created / Descending” stopped to show up on the “All categories” page. I find this impractical :confused: Is this a wanted behavior?

Hmm, possible that is a bug. @neil can you have a look?

Hi, any news on this? :slight_smile:

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Something I’d like a lot that seems directly related to this feature request:

Add category setting to override default topics view, e.g. so we could use “Top” instead of “Latest” in the #howto category.

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