Link to my profile page newest tab.

Yes, I've read this question. I thought I already knew the answer:

  • activity is most recent activity (answers, comments, edits)
  • newest is ordered by when the question was asked

And the comment on that answer seems to verify that information. Another older Meta.SE question is similar (although the "recent" filter changed to "activity"), and the answer makes sense. However, that's not what I'm seeing in my profile.

Activity seems to only track new answers, edits to answers, and maybe something else? In any case, it makes sense and is ordered properly.

Newest seems to track edits to the Q/A, new answers, but not comments (maybe??). The weird thing is, it's not even sorted in order! The "newest" filter, I would assume, is the created_at timestamp for the question, and nothing else. But that's not the case, and it's not even sorted chronologically. See the image below from my Stack Overflow profile:

"newest" filter broken?

So, in essence, "newest" seems to be completely broken, or I just have a horrible misunderstanding of how it's supposed to function. But it doesn't seem like it should function like this... they should at least be sorted in chronological order. What the heck is going on here?

PS - I tagged this as [bug] because I think it actually might be a bug.

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It's working as it should.

These are your newest questions and so they are ordered according to when you asked them. That's why the part in red circles is misleading (that's just the last activity). I did have a look at the top questions and they are in chronological order (25 days ago, 1 year 1 month, 2 years 1 month, 2 years 6 months etc.).

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    Ah good point. I guess I should have thought more about the question order rather than the timestamps for the "last activity" date... hmmm, well this seems like a UX issue. Those dates are very misleading if you don't know what they mean. I thought they were the question post date, but it's the last activity date... maybe there should be a header like "last activity" for those timestamps? I don't know. – Chris Cirefice Sep 13 at 12:44
  • It shouldn't be showing the last activity date though. See on a site's main questions page that the active tab shows the last activity date, but the newest page shows the actual date they were asked. – curiousdannii Sep 13 at 14:27
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    @curiousdannii The question is about sorting and it is sorted correctly, i. e. in chronological order. If you feel newest shouldn't display the last activity date, maybe start a feature request? This has been raised in the past, see here and here. – Anne Daunted Sep 13 at 14:45

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