latest and newest

by JamesJ   November 6, 2013  

As I can't find any "contact us" section on the website, I thought I'd just post this here.

In the comments section of all the articles on road.cc, readers can choose to sort comments by "latest" or "newest". Surely in this context, those words mean exactly the same thing. It's a bit odd and not exactly slick web design.

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newest shows the newest comment at the top. latest shows the latest comments in chronological order, going down the page. so no, they're not the same. they're similar though.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
6th November 2013 - 16:52

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Hmm, surely, the word you are looking for is "oldest". "Latest" is a synonym for "newest". For example, the "latest headlines" or the "latest technology".

Anyway, I'll stop being a pedant now.

posted by JamesJ [8 posts]
6th November 2013 - 18:02

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'oldest' would be the oldest comments. so if there was 100, it'd be the first 30 (the site shows 30 comments by default). whereas 'latest' is the the latest 30.

'newest' means 'newest first'. possibly it should say that.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
6th November 2013 - 19:50

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