# Change date format of “x hours ago” tool tip?

Currently it's in the format..

MM/DD/YYYY


..which confuses me. It's also ambiguous (for 12 days a month anyway), and inconsistent with other parts of the site, such as the Recent page: "Showing 2009-07-05 to 2009-07-05"

Could it be changed to the ISO 8601 (international standard) format?

YYYY-MM-DD

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What about "sep 13 '09 at 5:19 "? (as in "asked ...."). This should also be ISO8601. That's the standard. –  Pavel Radzivilovsky Feb 20 '11 at 15:41

I am in favor in the ISO 8601 standard due that it follows a setup where a date is numerically larger than a date it it's past.

2010-07-05 (1 year from now)
2009-07-05 (today)
2009-06-05 (1 month ago)

20100705 > 20090705 > 20090605


And it's very logical to read a date where you go from the largest entity to the smallest.

2009-07-05 09:00:00

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Eh... You've got the whole tooltip, why go with such a brief date format?

On Sunday the fifth of July, at one second, thirty-six minutes past five o'clock post-meridiem coordinated universal time, in the year of Our Lord two thousand and nine...

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Or we could use Roman Numerals: MMIX-VII-V –  jrcs3 Jul 5 '09 at 19:31
@jrcs3: I would hunt you down and kill you! :-) –  Lawrence Dol Feb 4 '14 at 3:37