Whatever I set the order to in my profile, the All Topics list always displays as reverse chrono (ie newest at the bottom). If I log in as a guest it will display newest at top !??? The thread displays are ok.
Of course, you are right! I've had too much to drink over the past few days... However, I now have things how I want them (ie newest at the top in thread list and the threads themselves), with Message Display set to Chrono and Thread Display set to Reverse Chrono. I'm slightly confused but not concerned since it all seems to work how I want it!