Originally Posted by kharrisma
Is there any way to ENFORCE a listing order
Yes. These are my Tweaks to enforce this.
title_series_sorting = 'strictly_alphabetic'
save_template_title_series_sorting = 'strictly_alphabetic'
First - Do you understand that titles and authors are not sorted by title and author? They are sorted by title_sort and author_sort. Those fields are created separately from the title and author. If those fields are wrong, you need to fix them. They are set separately from the title and author fields.
Second. Do you understand that sorting can be 'strictly_alphabetic' or library sort order, where leading articles like "the" and "A" are ignored? You can set what words are ignored with the Tweak settings.