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1-14-2011 @ 1:44PM
The only reason I can come up with that would explain the fact that Blizz hasn't done this yet is as follows...Each character probably has a unique numerical ID, something assigned to it by each realm's character database. This number will typically be higher for characters that were created later than earlier. Each character entry in the database has a finite amount of data associated with it; there are probably other tables entirely that handle the ever-expanding records of quests, items, etc.I imagine that the data available at the character select screen (rather than after your character is loaded) is deliberately limited. Allowing you to set an order for your characters would mean adding one additional integer (or byte) to that information.Not a whole lot of data... but providing it would still mean a schema change to a database Blizz probably prefers not to touch.The alternative solution, of course, would be to have a client-side defined order. Save it to a local file... and you'd just have to reorder your characters on each computer you use to access WoW. I'm a tad surprised they haven't taken this route yet, but they might be anticipating the annoying cries of those who keep complaining that the order isn't preserved when they reinstall :-P
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