Is there a way to move the Latest Post List to the top of the sidebar?
see this link for sorting various things....
you want to sort panels via a confiig statement in config.php
Put 'LatestPostListModule' in the array
e.g. in the order you want.....
$Configuration['Modules']['Vanilla']['Panel'] = array('LatestPostListModule','WhosOnlineModule', 'TagModule', 'BookmarkedModule', 'CategoriesModule', 'GuestModule', 'Ads');
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