Use the proper RSS tags for sorting episodes

App version: 3.1.2 F-droid

Problem you may be having, or feature you want:
Episodes are not sorted according to the order podcast makers want them to, but are automatically newest to oldest. This works fine for traditional talkshow pods, but it creates issues for audio drama makers, as 9/10 times we expect listeners to start with episode one.

Built into RSS are tools for each podcaster to determine episode order, but if antennapod disregards this the system doesn’t work. A friend of mine, the creator of Eeler’s Choice are using tags correctly trying to have the trailer always be on top and the episodes in chronological order, rather than the antennapod default reverse chronological. This creates unnecesary fiction when listeners have to scroll before they can start listening and is a bad user experience, and it’s disrespectful to the creators

Suggested solution:
Do not override RSS tags with your own sorting algorithm, trust that podcasters know what they want for their show. The screenshot shows antennapod (right) that doesn’t respect RSS tags, and pocketcasts (left) that does. These things makes a difference for indie creators, as the listenership is already small as it is

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