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Throughout the site abbreviated dates are used (Apr 21 at 9:12). This works great for dates within the current year but it seems that as the years roll by it'll become important to include the year in the date. I am not sure that having the time is of value for a post that is a year old. Maybe at a certain threshold replacing the time with the year is appropriate.

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duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/15576/… –  Kip Sep 19 '09 at 1:48
    
if you really want the year all the time, you can tweak this greasemonkey script. it'll even show it in local time if you want. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12635/… –  Kip Sep 19 '09 at 1:50
    
Related: Display the year in the inbox for older messages. –  Dan Dascalescu Feb 24 at 19:01

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Dates more than a year old do include the year. See for example: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4

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Very cool - had not seen that before! –  Jared Harley Sep 19 '09 at 0:10
    
But not --- as shown in that example, on the date of an edit. –  Richard Sep 20 '09 at 9:52
    
@Richard: That edit was this year. –  Greg Hewgill Sep 20 '09 at 9:58

Hover over the time stamp and you'll see the UTC time as a tool tip.

Tool Tip

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Yes and you can actually hover over almost any day type thing and get a precise date. –  Ólafur Waage Sep 18 '09 at 23:39
    
Hover over UI element is unfortunately not a solution for touch-based devices, and their market share is rapidly increasing, with more than 1/3 of American adults owning a tablet computer. –  Dan Dascalescu Feb 24 at 19:00

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