I just looked at my question from two days ago and it says I asked it yesterday:


Here is what I get when I hover over the yesterday next to my name:

2011-12-07 17:14:10Z

And Popular Demand:

2011-12-07 18:56:27Z

What is going on here?

Just to give some perspective for future readers the time on this question says:

2011-12-09 15:08:52Z

I think it is linked to this issue: Why when the bounty is over do I not see how long I have to select an answer?


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It was more than 24 and less than 48 hours ago....

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    That is still not yesterday.... It is two dates away! It should have better wording if that is the case....
    – Naftali
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:21
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    It hasn't been two days yet. Why should it say "two days ago"?
    – mmyers
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:22
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    @mmyers It should not say yesterday though.... because it is older than yesterday....
    – Naftali
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:23
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    @ama: It depends on your time zone if it really is older than yesterday. But maybe "1 day ago" would be more accurate.
    – sth
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:25
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    @sth maybe, idk. but if the 24-48 hour thing is the case, then it definitely needs better wording....
    – Naftali
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:26
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    This is the base porblem with saying "yesterday" when the system is based on "hours ago"; it will not line up with the intuitive, arguably cannot-be-more-correct definition of "the previous date".
    – Toomai
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:26
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    @Toomai I guess. but when the system sees that the dayes are 2 date values apart, it should know that it was not yesterday....
    – Naftali
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:28
  • It apparently doesn't look at the date values though; that's the porblem.
    – Toomai
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:29
  • @Toomai That is an issue.... :-\
    – Naftali
    Dec 9, 2011 at 15:33
  • @sth - Aren't "1 day ago" and "yesterday" synonymous? Dec 9, 2011 at 16:45
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    @kevin: I feel like "One day ago" emphasizes the time span that has passed while "yesterday" emphasizes that a new day started. But that might be just my personal impression.
    – sth
    Dec 9, 2011 at 17:29
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    "Yesterday", as used in everyday language, implies that since the event there's been a midnight.
    – Toomai
    Dec 9, 2011 at 17:32

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