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I just looked at my question from two days ago and it says I asked it yesterday:


Here is what I get when I hover over the yesterday next to my name:

2011-12-07 17:14:10Z

And Popular Demand:

2011-12-07 18:56:27Z

What is going on here?

Just to give some perspective for future readers the time on this question says:

2011-12-09 15:08:52Z

I think it is linked to this issue: Why when the bounty is over do I not see how long I have to select an answer?

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Hmm... do I downvote this because I've already read 231,908 SE date format questions, or follow my "it mentions my name (in a non-insulting manner) so it gets an upvote" policy? – Pops Dec 9 '11 at 15:39
@PopularDemand :-) any examples of other date format issues? – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 15:49
@Popular You have a "it mentions my name so it gets an upvote" policy? Makes note to use Popular Demand as a demonstration user in all future bug reports/feature requests/discussions – John Dec 9 '11 at 16:07
Oh, hey, look at that. +1 @John. – Pops Dec 9 '11 at 16:12
@PopularDemand Ahh! ok. got it :-P – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 16:35

It was more than 24 and less than 48 hours ago....

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That is still not yesterday.... It is two dates away! It should have better wording if that is the case.... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 15:21
It hasn't been two days yet. Why should it say "two days ago"? – mmyers Dec 9 '11 at 15:22
@mmyers It should not say yesterday though.... because it is older than yesterday.... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 15:23
@ama: It depends on your time zone if it really is older than yesterday. But maybe "1 day ago" would be more accurate. – sth Dec 9 '11 at 15:25
@sth maybe, idk. but if the 24-48 hour thing is the case, then it definitely needs better wording.... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 15:26
This is the base porblem with saying "yesterday" when the system is based on "hours ago"; it will not line up with the intuitive, arguably cannot-be-more-correct definition of "the previous date". – Toomai Dec 9 '11 at 15:26
@Toomai I guess. but when the system sees that the dayes are 2 date values apart, it should know that it was not yesterday.... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 15:28
It apparently doesn't look at the date values though; that's the porblem. – Toomai Dec 9 '11 at 15:29
@Toomai That is an issue.... :-\ – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 9 '11 at 15:33
@sth - Aren't "1 day ago" and "yesterday" synonymous? – Kevin Vermeer Dec 9 '11 at 16:45
@kevin: I feel like "One day ago" emphasizes the time span that has passed while "yesterday" emphasizes that a new day started. But that might be just my personal impression. – sth Dec 9 '11 at 17:29
"Yesterday", as used in everyday language, implies that since the event there's been a midnight. – Toomai Dec 9 '11 at 17:32

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