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Not only comments help, but they are of the foremost importance. I won't extend much, but will give you a direct example, with restaurants and dishes as we're at it: The research factor This is eye tracking testing from Jakob Nielsen. As you may see, pictures are absolutely secondary, even when it relates to hyped chefs, people concentrated on the text ...


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Perhaps the most notable example of a feed where the newest items are at the bottom is forums. Although not a "feed" in the very strictest sense of the word, forums wouldn't work any other way. In my experience, whenever context demands that you have read the older stuff first (like forums), then the new content is always at the bottom. On the other hand, ...


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Blogs are typically ordered new-on-top, aren't they? I use Feedly to read lots of feeds, and it gives me the option to sort newest-first or oldest-first. My choice depends on the content, but usually I read oldest first. Some things (e.g., comics) should be read old to new. Other feeds (e.g., Metafilter) I get behind on, so I want to clear the old before ...


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In one line, The user must see the most important content first, hence remove the need for scrolling for them. Which means: When a user is viewing messages/ news or any items which may be dependent upon time, the newest things must be seen first. But if the same list of messages contains information about tasks to be completed within given time, ...



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