Okay, I have become aware that there are those who prefer the most recent post in a thread to be the first.
As someone who has spent a lot of time on internet forums I'll admit I find this a bit of an odd concept. To me, a thread begins with the first post and ends with the most recent post. I guess it's what I'm used to. I like to see a thread in context and find it's easier to follow if it moves forward in time rather than backwards. I like to see the development of a discussion.
One argument against this 'linear' style of thread is that it's 'harder' to get to the most recent post. I can see how this might be true if you had to manually flick through the pages to get to the last one but it is actually quite easy to get to the most recent post in any thread. By clicking on the ' ' button in the 'Last Post' section of the forum/thread info, you will go directly to the last post of the thread. I am sure many of you were aware of this already but there must be many who aren't. Also, at any point in the thread you can click on 'Last' instead of a specific page number to move to the last page of the thread.
So which style do you prefer? It's not difficult to change so I thought I'd start a poll and see how everyone feels. Should we keep things as they are or make it so that threads start with the most recent post?
I'd be interested to hear your views!