How to rank a long backlog?

I have a backlog with several hundred feature ideas and bugs.

I used to use Trello and could easily move a card to the 145th position.

In my Scrum board, it is really, really hard to rank these. I can put issues at the top, or at the bottom, but otherwise, I have to drag and scroll pass hundreds of issues. Actually, I could see that working, but the scroll is slooooow, and it stops working unless I keep jiggling the mouse every couple seconds.

I've played with all sorts of ideas. I even thought of adding arbitrary divisions using psuedo-sprints that are never started, but for which I can use the "Move to" functionality to get the story idea to the approximate position and then slowly scroll from there. But that doesn't work, since once I add a new real sprint, I can't move it above these other ones.

How do you rank items in a backlog more than a few dozen issues? Currently, it is extremely tedious and unmanageable.

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Paul, did you ever get an answer? We have the same challenges with our 400-task backlog. I feel like I must be missing something-- any large project accumulates a few hundred tasks in the backlog over time, so there must be strategies that others are using to manage those big backlogs.

Still no answer? We've got 2,500+ backlogs and are running into the same issue.

My team is having the same issue. Is there no feature that let's us move cards without scrolling through hundreds of cards?

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