I have a web site that manages issues with a building. I'd like to be able to sort the issues by

  1. "Last updated" - the most recently updated issues.
  2. "Opposite of last updated" - the issues that have not been updated recently.

I tried "Stale" and "Inactive" but they don't quite capture what it means to be the opposite of "Last updated".

Is there a direct opposite or should I maybe look for another way to describe "Last updated"?

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    This is not really appropriate here. I'll ask over at EL&U if they want it so I can migrate it.
    – Alenanno
    Jun 13, 2014 at 21:48
  • First time this was left languishing alone. Jun 14, 2014 at 7:22
  • First time this was abandoned. Jun 14, 2014 at 7:23

2 Answers 2


Your sort criterion is not changing for your two cases: you are always sorting on Date of Last Update, or "Last Updated" date. But one is sorted in descending order (latest date first) and the other is sorted in ascending order (earliest date first).

With a website, the usual affordance is to head the column Last Updated On and use a couple of arrows to choose one direction of sort or the other. You might add a note, "Most recent first" or "Oldest first". However, "oldest" might cause most people to think that it refers to the oldest reports rather than the least recent update. I suppose "Least recent first" might actually suffice.

There's no need to rename the column at all, and indeed there isn't an "opposite of last updated" because you are still using that data.

  • Thanks for the response :) the website doesn't have columns, it's a bit more like Amazon search results. Good idea though
    – Mark Pope
    Jun 16, 2014 at 17:23

Last updated can contrast with

Least recently updated

in which case, for parallelism, you might want to use

Most recently updated


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