Seeing as how SO's one year anniversary is coming soon, question and answer dates are going to need to display the year.

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They're probably holding off on it until it's absolutely necessary. Remember with the bounty system, they didn't code the seven-day auto-accept until a couple of days after they rolled out the bounty system itself. –  mmyers Jun 30 '09 at 20:26
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The yearling badge is probably not even programmed in :) –  Ólafur Waage Jun 30 '09 at 20:27
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Olafur: Maybe in 6-8 weeks. –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 20:42
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If you hover the tool tip does show the year.

Currently in the non-tool tip display it displays:

  • seconds ago
  • minutes ago
  • hours ago
  • yesterday
  • Month Day at Time

I believe it would be good to show: DD/MM/YYYY (or some variant thereof) after the question is a year old.

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So it does. The information is there, they just haven't made it very visible yet. –  mmyers Jun 30 '09 at 20:29
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Greasemonkey + jQuery: $("span.relativetime").each(function(){$(this).html($(this).attr("title"));}); –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 20:32
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Nice. Now if only the date format was something sensible... Personally I'd like 30.6.2009 23:35 UTC, but ISO 8601 (2009-06-30) would be fine too. –  Jonik Jun 30 '09 at 20:38
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up vote 9 down vote accepted

This is already implemented. I should have searched uservoice first.

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it is implemented but dormant in the code until dates are >= 360 days from the original dates. –  Jeff Atwood Jul 12 '09 at 6:18
    
link is dead :( –  GusDeCooL Jun 29 '13 at 15:49
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How do you know it just doesn't hide the year if it is in the same year as the question anyway?

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Better to ask rather than assume :) –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 20:40
    
Good point. It's quite possible this is already taken care of. –  raven Jun 30 '09 at 20:58
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It has been answered on UV that it is already implemented and will show up when the site passes a year old. –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 20:59
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I would say:

  • Relative times (5 minutes 28 seconds ago) for questions under x-minutes
  • HH:MM:SS questions within 24 hours

And full dates beyond that.

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