What do you mean by start node? The one with the triangle? Have a look at the data. That is actually the last node in the list. In the ufo, this node will be the actual first node so that the path looks the same in RF.
You are right. It’s actually a different issue: I hit “Make Node First” and assumed that it had changed the order, but nothing happened. When you “Make Node First” on the end of an open path, it should have the same effect as reversing the contour.