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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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A very comprehensive answer is called for, and delivered by DAO1. I would like to add the simple answer, which in fact is the driving principal. User interfaces should be driven by purpose. Consider the purpose of the user and stack the architecture in terms of priorities. Simplify by erradicating all non-essential elements. There is a time to read, a ...


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I'll try to answer the more specific points at the end: effects of traffic leaks Well, any link would 'leak traffic'. So for this to be good/bad, it has to be determined if it's really a bad thing to begin with. For instance, a link to twitter. The bad side of that coin is that they link to twitter and are no longer on your site. The good side of that ...



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