Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Search/Sort search results by date

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Sort search results by date

  • Problem: Currently, the search results appear in random order and there is no option to sort them by date (i.e. most recent first). This is a problem especially with administrative noticeboards that have hundreds of archive pages. For example, see this search result of the English Wikipedia's AN/I: [1]
  • Who would benefit: Everyone.
  • Proposed solution: Enable sorting by date. Alternatively, simply bringing in the search results by most recent first would help also.
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets: T18237, T195071, T40403
  • Proposer: Pudeo (talk) 13:50, 3 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I tried the Wikipedia's AN/I link above with mw:Help:CirrusSearch#Prefer-recent as [2], but that order is still confusing. Meh. --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 22:36, 3 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A sort by function would be very nice. Toasted Meter (talk) 02:25, 4 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Pudeo: The technical ground work for this is already done. See ANI sorted by last edit ascending. I propose rewording this proposal and request to expose this functionality with the User interface. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 11:08, 5 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My wish: Possibilities to sort search results not only by date, but also alphabetically by filename and/or uploader/author. JopkeB (talk) 10:04, 4 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JopkeB: If you have additional requests, please create separate tickets as well. That is probably the best way to get attention for them. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 11:08, 5 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hello, the proposal says "sort them by date (i.e. most recent first)". Actually, there are multiple dates of interest: first edit, last edit, and content's date (like the date of an event). --NaBUru38 (talk) 19:13, 7 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You can currently sort by last edit date (among other options, see ApiSandbox for the search query for the full set of options): Sorting by first edit is currently populating in the search indexes, but will be available in december or january. EBernhardson (WMF) (talk) 15:30, 9 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]