Add ability to sort alphabetically (universally)
Universally across all the pages on the MovieLens website, the 'Sort by' dropdown currently does not allow members to sort the displayed category's movies alphabetically; just 4 sort options are presented: 1) recommended, 2) # ratings, 3) release date, 4) date added to MovieLens.
From time to time (but certainly not always and certainly not as the default), I'd like to view certain pages sorted alphabetically. Almost 6 years ago, a member posted the suggestion here to add the ability to sort 'My Ratings' (specifically) alphabetically ( https://movielens.uservoice.com/forums/238501-general/suggestions/6378010-add-the-ability-to-sort-my-ratings-alphabeticall ) and a few other members agreed that they'd also like the ability (also similar request here: https://movielens.uservoice.com/forums/238501-general/suggestions/20334841-about-sorting-my-rated-movies ) but I'm expanding on that feature request and asking that it be added to ALL pages on which a 'sort by' is available.
I see MovieLens's Max Harper replied in that 2014 thread and said (about adding it to 'My Ratings' during the original site design, it seems): "Didn't seem useful, so we didn't add it".
In my opinion, sort 'by alphabetically' would be far more useful a sort option than 'sort by date added to MovieLens', which is included in the current options on every page type - but then again, I accept that what I find useful might not be useful to everyone, or even (perhaps) many. So I think it's a shame MovieLens' devs didn't share that attitude way back when.
After all, options are just that, optional - and providing a sort option that some (or many) members MIGHT find useful from time to time is hardly a detriment - while NOT providing a feature because some (including the devs) can't see themselves ever using it is a limitation for ALL members.
For the record, the sort options on IMDb's 'My Ratings' page are extremely limited and also currently do not provide an 'alphabetical' option, so adding that option to MovieLens (universally) would be an added plus.
Sorry for taking so long to get to this, We’ve been working to rewrite some of our sort logic for a while just to clean up some really messy code that was getting in the way of changes.
It actually looks like this is implemented in the backend already, so it should definitely be added to the front-end by the next update.