I may be on the wrong track here, so apologies if I am.
I find myself wanting to do things with categories and subcategories that do not at my level of knowledge (which includes a working knowledge of php) seem easy to achieve. Simple things really like be able to make my category and subcategory menu list present itself in the order I desire and to be able to change the order at whim. Or to print out a catgeory listed archive sort in the order I want with subcategories appearing in the right position relative to categories. I am sure with a bit of messing with conditional statements I can achieve this but perhaps it could be easier in the default structure. One of the main controlling issues for sort order seems to be the category ID#. I tried messing with this yesterday directly in the data-base but it is not so easy because the posts hold the reference to the category # so if you change the category# the post does not know where to go (as far as I could see).
So, this is a request that something along the lines of easily editable category ID #'s and perhaps a separate subcategory ID, and default sorts to be by category / subcategory ID rather than by this sometimes and alphabetical other times be considered for the future. Or any other structure that achieves the same.
Or, if I am way off and this is already easily possible, just point me in the right direction, I do not mind doing some work.