In addition to the three sorting order options (relevance, edit date, creation date) I'd like to propose a forth one: alphabetical order.
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Suggestion: Add ability to sort items by alphabetical order
I second this recommendation.
Thank you for your feedback! AdvancedSearch can only support the search options that the search back-end provides. So unfortunately we can't fulfill this currently. To get alphabetical order supported by the back-end please report your needs and usecase to the Team Wikimedia Search Platform who are developing the back-end.
To its talk page, even though it is currently still red?
Probably, I sadly don't know there current preferred communication channels. They also have an IRC-channel and a monthly office hour (next meeting this Wednesday), where you can talk to them directly about you wishes for the search: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Search_Platform_Office_Hours
I am not on IRC. I would prefer to communicate using the talk pages. Otherwise, could you please put forward my suggestion?
Alphabetic sort was deliberately deactivated, so it is unlikely it will be enabled for wikimedia wikis. See gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/q/I745b2c463681cb68c16b9b18a07f79f3ba392d92 .
Well, that was in May 2018, i.e. long before the AdvancedSearch extension was activated.
Advancedsearch is just a "cute" way of interacting with the search engine, and its backend. If it is not supported by the backend, then this extension can't do anything about it.
Also, you're wrong about the timeline. Advancedsearch has been active longer than that ( 2017) as a beta feature.