[drupal-devel] admin/node is not sorted

K B kbahey at gmail.com
Thu May 12 23:52:19 UTC 2005

These are good guidelines. 

However in this particular case, what is more appropriate is sorting
by most recent to least recent, since this is an admin interface.

This one is easy to fix. All that is needed is to add:

    ORDER BY n.changed DESC

To the SQL in node.module

If I don't hear from anyone else on this, I will submit a patch for this.

On 5/12/05, Kieran Lal <kieran at civicspacelabs.org> wrote:
> On May 12, 2005, at 4:25 PM, K B wrote:
> > In 4.6, the admin/node page presents nodes in an unsorted manner.
> > Moreover, the table columns are not sortable either. This does not
> > make sense.
> >
> > Should I cook up a patch for that, or is this by design for some
> > reason that is obscure to me?
> This is a good usability catch.  I recommend considering the
> following when dealing with a list of items.  If you understand your
> audience and their usage patterns then you should order the nodes in
> order that they are most likely to use them.   This is particularly
> useful if the number of nodes is less than 7.   The rule of thumb is
> that people have trouble remembering more than 7 things vertically
> and 4 things horizontally.
> If the number of nodes are greater than 7 then it is recommended that
> you sort the list alphabetically.   Users can quickly sort through an
> alphabetically sorted list.
> These are not absolute rules but they are good defaults.
> Cheers,
> Kieran

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