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This is fine. For two independent lists. Look at it the opposite way round: If Active had the first item as the one furthest from now, that would not make good sense. If Archive had the first item as the one that happened longest ago, that would not make good sense either. The longer the time between now and either extremity, the less sense it would ...


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If you define the sorting criteria as the absolute time difference from now, then your sorting is the same for both active and archive. People use the spatial metaphor for time. The further away the more distant is the event in the future or the past, with the reference to now, e.g. people use the phrase "way back" to refer to things that happened long time ...


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I think the approach you're using is great, but what I'd do is give the user the option to switch between reverse order and 'normal' order. That way, the user can't be confused. Make sure the reverse order option is highlighted so the user knows they can switch and reverse order is the default at the moment.



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