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One reason (mage not the only one) is that the GTD method on which OF was built doesn't work on dates, unless a task must be finished by a specific date or can't start before a specific date. GTD broadly says "decide what to do by looking at available tasks and doing the one(s) that best fit the current situation (where you are, how much time you have, what facilities are available etc)". The way you do that is by frequent review.

GTD also suggests separating appointments from actions - appointments go into a calendar, actions remain in your task manager.

So that's the explanation for why OF doesn't default to showing your tasks in date order. Clearly, OF has moved away from pure GTD (and many users, like me, don't follow GTD).

None of the above should stop you submitting the change request - just some explanation for something that seem sods at first look