Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 155 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I asked this question yesterday, approximately 18 hours ago ("2011-12-13 20:24:03Z" according to the hover text), and it's still being displayed as "today".

I assume the "Z" in the timestamp refers to Zulu time, so I converted my current time to Zulu, and the date (2011-12-14) differs from the timestamp on the question.

I don't pretend to understand all of the complexities when converting time zones, but I thought it was strange enough to report. If it matters at all, I'm in US-Eastern.

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

"today" on posts means "within 24 hours". Since when yesterday/today/tomorrow cuts off varies by timezone, it'd be even weirder to show "yesterday" for a question posted at 7:59PM EST when I browsed to it 2 minutes later (pretend this says 6:59PM for EDT!).

Given we can't render based on your timezone, we opt for units of time, 24 hours here, it's the least-weird approach to the issue. Since no solution is perfect, we chose what makes the most sense given the constraints.

share|improve this answer
    
I thought that might be the case. Thanks for confirming. – Adam Tuttle Dec 14 '11 at 18:00

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .