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When I go to my user page to look through all the questions that I have asked, I am always presented with the following choice of sorting options: "recent", "views", "newest", "votes". While I am okay with the second and the forth options, I still don't get the difference between "recent" and "newest". Can anyone here explain it to me, please?

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

"Recent" sorts by those with the most recent activity of any kind (including replies and edits) first.

"Newest" sorts by the time originally posted, newest first.

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Aaaah! Thanks you! – brilliant Nov 12 '09 at 1:20

The tooltips when you mouse over the sort selection boxes explains:

[recent] sort by recent activity

[newest] sort by creation date

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Thank you, Jeff. – brilliant Dec 14 '09 at 13:04

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