Why do we put the latest comments in MoodleDocs at the bottom of the talk page, the earliest references in a list at the top and the most current at the bottom?
It is almost as if MoodleDocs an already bound book with blank pages where we can only add stuff after what has been written.
That feels better. Thanks for listening.
Well Virginia, it is actually quite simple, it is called "Social Inertia". We are taught from a very early age to read things from the top to the bottom. So when we are confronted with something different, we seem to go into some kind of mental darkness, or meltdown.
That is why, with electronic documents, whenever we add things to them we tend to go to the last part of the section we want, or the end of the page, then add our comments. It does not matter that we can arrange them any way we like, we just go to the end. We never actually consider doing anything else. And no, there really is no Santa Claus either.
Its always good to learn something new or gain some insight from a student.
Bravo, Mr Fraser! Bravo!
I do sympathize with your "sorting convention gripe".
Similarly, when replying to e-mails there are two opposite ways to do things. I follow what seems to me to be the most convention these days, i.e. write my own reply first, followed by a copy (sometimes edited) of my correspondent's email. If I exchange a number of e-mails on the same topic with the same correspondent, I expect our most recent exchanges to be at the top, followed by the oldest ones (inverse chronological order). Unfortunately, a few of my correspondents follow the "traditional" chronological order, adding their most recent response at the end of copies of our previous exchanges. It all ends up in a totally un-sorted order.