Spun off from a topic about Intel Mac threads mixed with PowerPC Mac topics: With that as an example, I experimented with a combination of sorts (sort first by date, then by number of replies): http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/90/?order=post_date&direction=asc&order=reply_count&direction=asc Result: only one sort order applied – a limitation of XenForo, I guess. And there's the popular emphasis on pushing newness to the front. Suggestion I'd like a quick and easy way to identify topics where a person has waited most politely, most patiently for a response. Loosely speaking, that means: beginning with zero response topics an assumption that many of those topics include an unanswered, non-rhetorical question a reasonable, unselfish, punishment-free approach to differentiating between current and outdated content. Observations Things such as the Spy can be fun, but there are emphases on rushing, on pushing and (to a degree) on noise. Also: where reverse chronological order is forced, that force can have unexpectedly negative consequences. Subtle, but negative. In a nutshell: ignorance. The person who waits most patiently, most quietly, is very likely to be ignored. Whilst crowds of people in front engage in pushing and in noise: the quiet, polite person at the back is lost. Pause for thought. That phrase above – "emphasis on pushing newness to the front" – when that happens with people and their stuff in reality, it's recognised as queue-jumping. Recognisably rude and inconsiderate. When the same is done with people and their stuff online, it may be treated (mistreated) as acceptable. Crowds of people pushing is encouraged, yet a gentle one-person bump can be a break of the rules. Yeah, online can be weird. Background and workaround With the current arrangement of things, community-minded people may occasionally click the Replies heading in a forum – once, then once more – and then page through the results (to work around the forced reversal) until: a reasonable point in time is found then – as @Gamer9430 put it – attempt to help. Again with the MacBook Pro area of MacRumors Forums as an example: http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/90/page-198?order=reply_count&direction=asc – in that area alone, more than nine thousand, eight hundred and fifty posts with no reply. It's reasonable for most of those to gain no reply. And then somewhere between page 1 and page 198, some of the previously ignored stuff can … Side note To anyone who screams "RESURRECTION!" in response to this topic: please pause, then read again. Keyword: reasonable.