I've even posted pics showing it in the past... You're clearly not getting it... If I choose to sort by date I want to sort by date, not episode number. Either change the option to "Sort by Episode" or actually sort by date as the user requests. Date order and episode order are not always the same.
I get what you want. I'm just not sure it is as easy as you think to make these choices and be consistent.
You want the parent and child sorted the same. The overall playlist and what's in a folder.
If you want to get technical about it they actually haven't done that in years. Sort by a-z has left series inside folders sorted by date recorded for years (although before they allowed you to press play on a folder and play all episodes automatically in order the unit would also sort series inside a folder by episode title alphabetically) before the episode numbers where added. So they aren't doing anything different other than they changed the sort inside folders for series from date recorded to episode number.
While It may not be right always I'd bet 99% of the time episode order is the same as oad. Which if you are recording new episodes of shows would in theory be the same as sorting it newest always.
They actually sort things really weird for arsl.
If the arsl is set by a regular keyword search such as an actor then....
If you choose by date newest or oldest then what's in the folder will be sorted by newest or oldest.
If you choose by a-z or z-a then what's in the folder is still sorted by newest to oldest always.
Then it gets really weird...
If you create a folder that is for an actor say tom hanks and you sort the playlist by a-z where should the folder land? Imho it should land where tom hanks would land in your playlist. But the playlist doesn't do that. It puts the folder where the name of the latest recording is. So if the most recent tom hanks recording is the movie big the folder lands in the playlist where big would fall.
Like I said the same person that did this did the sort by category. They have no clue what those things mean.
Why can't they sort by folder name if there's a folder so arsl folders land in spots that make sense.
I'm guessing the vast majority of people like and prefer series being sorted by episode number inside folders. While I get your point I don't get why you find it to be a problem. But that's a personal preference thing.
So really the only way to fix the problem you have with this scheme would not be to have them sort the same inside and outside the folder but to have separate sorting preferences for things inside the folder with options for series folders and options for non series folders... I think it's to hard to swap sort order today... that would be even worse IMHO. But an option to sort by episode number would make everyone ask how should the rest of the playlist be ordered?
I've always wanted a simple toggle with the fwd and rewd buttons to move through different sort orders.. fwd to chose the sort order and rewd would move you to the opposite end of the playlist instead of resorting the playlist.
And if it where me the sort options would probably be labeled alphabetical and recent. And then inside folders, if it's a series folder it would always be by episode and if it was a group folder then it would be by date if you where sorting by date and alphabetically if you sort by alphabetical.
I'd also use skip and replay buttons to jump to the begging or the end of a folder...
Frankly I wish they'd do the playlist like replaytv did it, it'd be better all around...
They will never do it as you ask because it'd get to complicated to understand. How would you sort the rest of the playlist if you had chosen by episode as a sort order?