I think it would be very helpful if the review sort order option “Ascending Intervals” also returned cards by ascending overdueness. This way, newer cards will always be returned first (even when there is a backlog), which is part of the reason I use the ascending intervals option in the first place. At the moment, I manually reschedule or suspend older cards, but an ascending overdueness option would really just perfect my workflow.
Some more details on how/why I think this would be helpful:
I tend to use Anki as a short to mid-term memorization tool, and in terms of my workflow, I pretty much always want to see newer cards before older ones, which is why the ascending intervals option is perfect for me (thank you to whoever decided to add that to the V3 scheduler, it’s incredible).
However, when life gets hectic and I step away from Anki, when I return I have a bit of a backlog. This is fine at first, but at higher intervals I start getting older cards before the newer ones, which are the priority for me. The bigger the backlog, the more of a problem this becomes. I usually have to search by interval and then manually reschedule or suspend older cards, so that I will instead see the newer cards that I am focused on. But if “ascending intervals” also sorted by ascending overdueness, then I could focus on the newer cards with higher priority, and have the added benefit of seeing the older cards if/when I have fully studied the newer cards.
To me, this kind of synergy between ascending intervals and ascending overdueness really makes sense, especially for learners who use Anki for short and mid-term learning, and learners who want to focus on newer cards. (But maybe it would also make sense as a separate option.)
If I’ve missed any settings I can change or something like that, please let me know. As a final word, thank you to the whole team who works on Anki, and whoever of you might read this—you guys do absolutely incredible work.