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In chat, there is a timestamp on the right that appears every six posts and every fifteen minutes. However, it is my opinion that the time-based timestamp should appear given a shorter timespan, say five minutes. This time value is flexible, but I think 5 is a good number for this.

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Can you give a reason why you're requesting this? We've toyed with several values until we came up with the current ones, and 15 minutes still seems like a good compromise between noise level and accuracy. "it is my opinion that [it should be] a shorter timespan" isn't really an argument in itself. – balpha Jun 4 '12 at 13:55
Good point. I think often chat topics change fast enough that a decreased time is necessary for clarity. – timothymh Jun 4 '12 at 18:11

If I recall correctly, this is already , based on the following rules for timestamp display (which balpha or Marc may need to correct me on):

  1. A timestamp will appear at most once per monologue (the box that surrounds your individual messages)
  2. A timestamp will appear on at least every sixth monologue
  3. A timestamp will appear after fifteen minutes has elapsed since the previous timestamp
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OK, I've rephrased the question. Thanks for your answer. :) – timothymh Apr 6 '12 at 1:15

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