Joomla Backend Sorting

Administering a Joomla backend I always got annoyed that the default ordering while listing articles is set to “ID descending”. Who in the world needs this?! Walking through the config I did not find an option to change this behaviour. So I needed to manually hack the code. There is a simple function that is obviously responsible for the sort order. You can also find that the default ordering criteria is set to and desc. So I changed the value from id to modified and voila articles in the backend are now sorted by last modification. Here is the complete patch:

--- administrator/components/com_content/models/articles.php.bak        2021-09-08 06:38:33.159289807 +0000
+++ administrator/components/com_content/models/articles.php    2021-09-08 06:50:16.672555653 +0000
@@ -78,7 +78,7 @@ class ContentModelArticles extends JMode
         * @since   1.6
-       protected function populateState($ordering = '', $direction = 'desc')
+       protected function populateState($ordering = 'a.modified', $direction = 'desc')
                $app = JFactory::getApplication();

I wonder if and when someone puts that into an upstream patch and makes it configurable in the backend.