We are struggling to find the correct word(s) that describes a list of all messages in the system that are sorted by recency.

Trending does not work because what we are displaying is not what is popular in the system, only the most recent.

Recent does not work because it implies there is a limit to the number of messages we display.

All does not work because it does not imply that they are sorted by recency.

Any hints or suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

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    Youngest first.
    – vickyace
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 20:16
  • 4
    You could say it's a LIFO (Last In First Out) list, or that the items are displayed in reverse chronological sequence (newest first, where "chronological sequence" normally starts with the first, oldest thing). Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 20:17
  • 1
    Here on SE, we use Newest and [most recently] Active.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 20:40
  • "Date/time order"
    – TrevorD
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 23:08

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You could use chronological / reverse-chronological, though that's really two words.

adjective: chronological

(of a record of events) starting with the earliest and following the order in which they occurred. "The messages are sorted in a reverse-chronological order"

Source: google keyword search


This is usually either referred to as

Latest (M-W)

most recent

The latest news on this story


Newest (Dictionary.com)

of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being

The newest item on the list

If the user is able to reverse the order (say, by clicking) the antonyms to each, respectively, would be

Earliest (M-W)

near the beginning of a period of time

The earliest known hominid fossil on record


Oldest (M-W)

of, relating to, or originating in a past era

The oldest electronic transmission dates back to..."

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