When I click on "Recent Posts" it shows the oldest posts first and then I have to scroll forever to find the "most recent post" in that topic. I tried to find some "preferences" to edit and change that but I found none.
There are system preferences in your Control Panel. You should see a note at the top of the Recent Posts List that says "Displaying Topics 1 - 50 (37 total) Sorted by: Date-Last-Post, Direction: reverse" and if not, you can edit your preferences from the Control Panel which is found in your Sticky Mail account menu to the left of the folders. You may find your preferences listed under the Resources dropdown menu at the top of the page. I don't see a place to reverse the sort order of the Active List though. It might be under the setting where you choose the number of posts to show in multi-page threads.
When you click into a THREAD the posts are in posted order. If you want to see the LAST POST, hit the END key and jump to the bottom, or click (for multipage threads) the last page number and then do the same.
The reverse order by date only applies to the RECENT POSTS master listing.
Sorry, I thought we were talking about the "Recent Posts" page, I misunderstood. If the newest post was first people would need to scroll to the bottom to follow the discussion. If you've already gone through the discussion and are only interested in what's new, the arrows (lower far right) are supposed to get you quickly to the bottom. My own experience tells me to click in the scroll gutter next to those arrows or you may need to scroll back up to see the newest post. Different screens, different browsers make that setting a little iffy.
People following a topic are only interested in the last post.
Nope..untrue..for example ..one can be following a thread, work IRL, sleep or do something else for a few hours or half a day, if when one comes back to the thread and in the intervening time there have been multiple posts, one wants to read them sequentially, in chronological order, if not, the last post ( which will probably be referring to at least one of the previous ones ) will be likely to be out of context, and thus make less sense.If I had not quoted you at the start of this post, anyone ( except you ) who posted prior to me, would not know what I was referring to :)
Unless they had previously read your post ( which may not have been there when they last read the thread ) ..same thing applies to this post, which is now currently the last one, on needs to read the preceding ones for context.
On a forum that is not busy or one that is not visited very often it may nice to catch up by walking though the post from the beginning, but on forums that are checked a few times a day it is a RPIA to walk though what has already read and sifted through many times.
I have written and managed forums and jumping to the last post is invaluable. Otherwise can a moderator keep an eye on things or anybody for that matter, follow a discussion without tedious effort.
In fact I don't recall seeing any forum that has it reversed like this one. I have just come from one support forum and they would laugh at what is practiced here.
All I am saying, can we have the option in our settings?
Once upon a time most of the board was "that busy"..and "down here" ( to quote a poster of that time ) we'd sit surrounded by shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, sidling around on the bench, talking 'bout spammin' Google*, and water closets, and 0 to 60 times..lawman ( 'twas he, then, and another, gone from these parts, long ago ) remembers such times.
And..we 'ah do do our spammin' in't rain, up'ill, both ways, in clogs ..'n Cutts would whip us with his rapier wit ( he thought it was ) and we never new owt dif'rint.
the BBC runs its comments latest first, bliddy mess it makes of knowing who replied to who it does..and then when you "allow scripts" ( which I haven't done for years in most places that are not mine ) one sees that 99.9% of the posts there are made by eejits..so no loss in blocking all the scripts and seeing no comments at all, likewise at "le point"..