Defaulting Note Ordering in User Settings to "Best First"
Yeah, I've long felt we should do that. I even quite recently wrote a patch to do that (or at least part of that) and left it sitting there, unapplied, deciding how (or even if) I should advertise it to get more feedback on it.
It seems to me to be a pretty good idea. Anonymous visitors and new (registered) users are the ones who would most benefit from showing notes sorted by reputation instead of by time. (It is also pretty trivial to implement.)
In a demonstration of irony, within only a couple of hours, my patch was downvoted and no other feedback ever arrived in any way. I find it tempting to claim to have drawn some insight from this incident. But in the end, I've decided that a single downvote just doesn't contain enough data or significance to hang even a facetious conclusion upon.