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Npmjs seems to order versions by publish date, not by semantic versioning

When I published v11.0.0 it was with the intent of releasing something that I had forgotten to release. I didn’t expect it to be the literally the last thing I published.

This is extra confusing when I see this:

𝑓 npm outdated
Package                      Current  Wanted  Latest  Location
@unction/allobjectp           12.0.0  12.0.0  11.0.0  blank-browser-react

On the slack I posited this question: If I have version 5.0.0 and version 6.0.0 with a bug, and I release 6.0.1, then realize I can fix v5 and release 5.0.1, the latest is…5.0.1?


Every time you publish, the version is tagged as latest by default. If you don’t want it to be tagged that way, you can publish with a dist-tag for something other than latest. You can also modify the tags after the fact, if you change your mind after publishing.


This is working as designed and intended: the weirdness comes from a workflow that is exceptionally rare (people upgrading older semver versions).

Since this is more of a UX issue and is intentional, it would be interesting to get something in #ideas:rfcs about how specifically it could be improved, with suggestions specifically covering CLI installation, npm outdated/npm update, and the specifics of UX on the website itself.

I’ll also note that any changes to this are likely to be breaking changes.

I’ve moved this from #bugs to #support because I think it’s primarily from a misunderstanding/UX footgun, and @travi gave a pretty good answer as far as letting OP get back on track (the question of the larger UX concern aside).