I usually don't have this problem -- at least not with Joomla 1.5.
Please look at this link (development site):
Please describe the steps to change the ordering of the articles on the Home Page.
Here's what I tried so far. I went to the Menu Manager, Clicked on the only Menu item, which is Home.
Menu Manager: Edit Menu Item
In Layout Options I went to Article Order, and from the drop down I selected "Article Manager Order"
However the article called "Bottom Stuff" still appears at the top of the page.
Supposedly this Joomla help page tells how to do it:
Any suggestions? Attached is my article order from the Menu Manager. Also capture of my Article Manager Order.
(No matter how much I change my article order, it does not affect the order of the articles. The Featured articles are all in the same "categorized" category