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I would like to read all the questions under a particular tag in chronological order. My objective is to be able to do that in reversed feed kind of way, so I can keep tabs on what I have read.

Beginning at the last page of a tag is an obvious solution; however, the number of pages under a tag is dynamic and in some cases (, , ) changes very rapidly. Using the website to read the tags would involve a lot of manual bookkeeping.

What would be a better way to do this? I am not familiar with the Stack API, but I am willing to write a tool to do this. Please advise.

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What exactly is it you way to do here? Trying to read the entire c# and java tags in ascending order is... unrealistic. What are you trying to do? –  Marc Gravell Sep 23 '11 at 15:23
    
@MarcGravell: That was the intention, to read all C# and jQuery tagged questions. –  Umair Ishaq Sep 26 '11 at 15:55
    
that is a vast amount of data; why not just use the data dump? –  Marc Gravell Sep 26 '11 at 17:59
    
@MarcGravell: Thanks for your guidance. Would you explain the data dump a little bit, please? What and how. –  Umair Ishaq Sep 28 '11 at 14:02
    

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Sort by newest and head to the last page.

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The list of questions tagged with a tag is already shown in chronological order; you cannot sort them from the older to the newer, though.

The following screenshot shows what I see when I click on .

Screenshot of Tagged Questions sorted by age.

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First, there already is an RSS feed, sorted by time, available at http://stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag?tagnames=[INSERT TAG NAME HERE]sort=newest. For example:

They are sorted by newest -> oldest, but most RSS readers have a 'reverse' function.

Alternatively, a feature request could cause clicking on the tab to alternate between newest first and oldest first, as suggested in this answer. However, your best bet for now (especially if you want to read large amounts of Q&A) is to use a feed reader.

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Reversing the feed would be an obvious choice but google reader only shows feeds from last 30 days when sorted oldest to newest. Any suggestions for an alternative feedreader? –  Umair Ishaq Sep 26 '11 at 15:59
    
@fallow - That ("What feed readers can sort a full RSS feed oldest-to-newest," not "What's an alternative feedreader") is a question for Superuser or Webapps (see this question, looks useful in your context). There are many feed readers, this wikipedia page shows some 60 different tools. –  Kevin Vermeer Sep 26 '11 at 16:33

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