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OS X is showing me some folder and filenames, per default in reverse alphabetical order. Why?

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If you take a close look at your Finder bar, you'll see a little triangle that is to the right of "Name" (which is just above the file names).
Click it, Finder will order your files alphabetically and Finder will remember your choice. By so, it will display the list in alphabetic order next time you open a Finder window.

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If @Michiel's answer doesn't work for you because you don't have a clickable list header, like in this picture:

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Then what you need to do is set Arrange to None. You can do this through the View menu dropdown or the Arrange dropdown that is just below and to the left of the Documents Icon in the picture above.

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