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Until April 2009 "most recently changed" was the default (and only) way favourites were ordered; then it was changed so that you can sort them by views/newest/votes.

I have some 170 questions favourited, many of which are very popular ones that keep popping up every once in a while. Now it's impossible to easily see which questions have new answers (or edits); you'd have to manually scan the dates in the favourite list to do that.

I consider favourites a list of stuff I've marked as interesting, something I'm tracking, and I'd think I wasn't alone with the habit of browsing SO by checking which of those questions have new answers.

So I propose that "recently-changed" ordering is re-added, along with the current options. What do you think?


Edit: as indicated here, this feature has been implemented: there's now "recent" among the sort options on the favourites page. :-) As a bonus, user's own questions and answers can also be sorted this way. Thanks to everyone involved!

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I'd definitely like this. I loved the previous ordering.

The new ordering (date posted) is particularly confusing because there's nothing in the displayed data to show that it is by posted date: the date displayed is the most recent change date.

It also doesn't help that the tab tooltip still says "sort by most recent activity".

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I'd kind of like to see this for everything to be honest. For example: "You've earned badge foo!" is nice, but if I can't work out how I earned that, not so useful.

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