It seems that there is a bug in the default ordering. As soon as you change filtering options on the frontend ordering is starting to work as expected. I am looking for a fix.
It is only a visual bug - the direction filter does not respect the default value and is always set to "Ascending".
Can you please recheck?
The fix for filter will be available in the next 1.8.8 version that is upcoming on this week.
It is still not working. I have the thumbnails arranged in the most voted order. But when selecting and opening the first one, it goes by alphabetical order from there. So, my most voted image title starts with a "P" and therefore it will only advance to the titles that start with "P" and forward. kendallcameraclub.org/contests/32-birds.html
Also, the front end does not show the direction filter.
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