Posting this here rather than the developer forum as I imagine it'll get more eyes from people that use Forum.
This is a question for people that use the timed forum discussions feature in Moodle. For those that don't know, the feature lets you set a discussion as only visible between 2 specific points in time - this part of the feature works just fine.
This tracker item: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-50993, raises the point that the ordering, to a casual student viewing the list of discussions, might be confusing.
Example with current ordering:
Teacher makes a discussion on 1st of Jan set to be visible from February.
All through Jan, people make new discussions in the forum.
Come Feb, the timed discussion becomes visible, but rather than it appear at the top of the list of discussions when viewing the forum, its buried under all the other discussions that got made between the teacher first making it, and its release time.
The proposed changes in MDL-50993 would have the ordering take the timed discussions start-time into account when ordering it. With 50993 applied, the timed discussion would be on the top of the list of discussions come February in the above example (that is until someone makes a post in another discussion after it was released naturally).
It'd be good to get a consensus from the community in general if they think this is the right way to go here or not?