When I look at some API endpoints, say /questions/tagged/{tags} and /questions/{id}, I see that the former can be sorted by newest, and the latter can be sorted by creation, both ascending or descending.

Am I correct in thinking that sorting by newest ascending is the same thing as sorting by creation descending?

If that's true, why do they have different names? If it's not, what do they mean?

  • /questions/tagged/{tags} can't be sorted ascending.
    – ColinD
    Commented Jun 4, 2010 at 1:16

1 Answer 1


This is historical (and should probably be updated..., hmm).

/questions is/was a window onto https://stackoverflow.com/questions ; notice that there sorting is by newest.

Accordingly, sorts for /questions were once fixed and didn't support min, max, or order.

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