Since a year I am quite active on SO and a bit on meta, but I have never heard of the timeline of a post, till today in a comment on meta.

There has been an announcement by Jeff Atwood 2 years ago of this feature as "experimental". (Timeline for that question).

This feature has been requested by a user half a year ago, answer: this exists, but the link has to be built manually.

I think this could be quite interesting sometimes and I would like to use this, but I will not, if I have to build the link each time by myself.

This feature is now existing for two years and still "experimental"? Who is using it? Who knows about it?

My feature request: Implement a link in the posts to their timeline, I am sure this nice feature will be used.

  • BTW, is there any other views? – om-nom-nom Mar 21 '12 at 21:34
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  • Possibly related: FAQ for how to access question's timeline The feature is just not that useful for 99.999% of people. – Cody Gray Mar 21 '12 at 21:38
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    @om-nom-nom, I found now this question List of unlinked pages on Stack Exchange sites – stema Mar 21 '12 at 21:43
  • Being a mod on a couple sites, I sometimes want to use this feature on others and forget how to get there ;) personally I think that it should be accessible if it's access-able. – Matthew Read Mar 21 '12 at 21:56
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    @CodyGray I tried one of those userscripts, it works good, but I expect this to be part of the page, because otherwise its not visible and if no one sees it no one will know the feature. A possibility would be to couple the availability of the link to rep or a badge like Strunk&White or Deputy. – stema Mar 21 '12 at 22:10
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    I wish it were just appending /timeline to the end of any urls. Editing the bit in the middle to /posts/ just feels funny. – sarnold Mar 22 '12 at 2:23
  • @Richard: This is probably a [status-declined]... They've stated multiple times that the timeline is a "failed project" - so adding a link to it is highly unlikely. I do believe they are planning to rebuild that thing eventually. – animuson May 16 '13 at 23:24
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    @animuson I hear what you're saying, but a little part of me want's to believe that they still care about this awesome feature. – Richard J. Ross III May 16 '13 at 23:40

Good idea - really surprised nobody suggested it before!

I think the most fitting candidate for the link is the question time stamp:

timeline link

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    This is indeed a useful feature - however I think placing it as link in the timestamp would conflict with clicking the timestamp for an edit; It would be strange if clicking on one timestamp had a certain functionality and clicking on a different timestamp had another. IMO there should not be differences in the behaviour of two (visually) identical links... – Lix Mar 22 '12 at 8:21
  • @Lix what edit? Currently the question time stamp is not clickable. – Shadow Mar 22 '12 at 8:24
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    I mean after a post has been edited... – Lix Mar 22 '12 at 8:38
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    @Lix in such case the "Edited [x] [y] ago" becomes link - still don't think there's any conflict here. Edited brings you to edit revisions (of any post, not just questions), Asked brings you to question timeline. – Shadow Mar 22 '12 at 8:39
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    +1 I like the idea and I think the "Power" users who are using this feature can distinguish between the Edit timestamp and the question asked timestamp. – stema Mar 22 '12 at 8:41
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    @ste - Power users aside I still think that there should be uniformity for timestamps containing links... – Lix Mar 22 '12 at 8:48
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    I don't want to just disagree with your opinion without suggesting something myself - perhaps above the voting arrows? – Lix Mar 22 '12 at 8:49
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    @Lix what about the time stamp in the questions index page - it brings you to the last activity so we already got "conflict" anyway. Adding yet another GUI element seems like unnecessary clutter to me for such minor thing, when we can just make something that already exists clickable. :) – Shadow Mar 22 '12 at 8:52
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    @sha - didn't notice that! WOW - no more scrolling! Toda for the info! And I agree with you about not needing additional UI elements... Perhaps this is the best option... – Lix Mar 22 '12 at 8:57
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    @Lix cheers, glad I was able to change your opinion! :-) – Shadow Mar 22 '12 at 9:04
  • It would be nice if this was extended to the mobile site when implemented. – Cole Johnson Apr 18 '13 at 17:16
  • @Cole totally agree. – Shadow Apr 18 '13 at 18:04
  • @ShadowWizard - nice suggestion .. But are you aware that about 50% of what you suggested is already available? Refer to my own answer to understand what I mean by that ... – Pierre.Vriens Apr 10 '17 at 12:05

Update 12/23/2015: The old timeline experiment has been replaced by a filtered version of the moderator timeline. Extensive use in day-to-day operations has shown this to be an attractive and utilitarian tool, and one likely to be maintained for the foreseeable future.

The old timeline was rarely used (by moderators or anyone else), and linking to it made little sense; we may revisit this for the new version however.

  • Well, that's certainly a shame. I see where you're coming from, and so I guess I'll bounty this and use my script. Just don't be surprised when I come complaining that the page 404's! – Richard J. Ross III May 17 '13 at 4:53
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    There are many other things which are much less often used and still linkable, e.g. "X asked today, Y this week" in the tags page – Shadow May 17 '13 at 5:42
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    I agree with this - I also use the script and almost never use it. But, unlike you, I miss it when I can't use it. Right now I was trying to see the latest updates to the page - precisely what the timeline is meant for. Because I can't find what has changed and I got a notification someone mentioned my name. So, I'd argue the timeline is bloody useful when a topic is big enough. And I do use it way more than many other a hrefs there, such as "active" and "oldest" tabs for answers, which I never clicked even once. Plus the script just broke. – cregox Jul 23 '13 at 20:14
  • How the moderators access the timeline? Maybe use similar design? – Shadow Dec 23 '15 at 22:26
  • There's a "mod" menu on every post for moderators, @Shadow - so everything just gets jammed in there. There's also a link in the margin sometimes, but marginal links are not a good idea for general consumption. – Shog9 Dec 23 '15 at 22:27
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    I see. So maybe add a simple "timeline" link besides the familiar "share/edit/flag" below each post? – Shadow Dec 23 '15 at 22:30

Well, here's a greasemonkey script that does this for you, and while I'd really appreciate an official link, this will do (for me, at least) in the interim.

// ==UserScript==
// @name          SOTimeline
// @description   Adds a 'timeline' link to Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow posts
// @include       http*://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @include       http*://stackoverflow.com/*
// @include       http*://*.stackoverflow.com/*
// @include       http*://superuser.com/*
// @include       http*://*.superuser.com/*
// @include       http*://serverfault.com/*
// @include       http*://*.serverfault.com/*
// @include       http*://askubuntu.com/*
// @include       http*://*.askubuntu.com/*
// @include       http*://mathoverflow.net/*
// @include       http*://*.mathoverflow.net/*
// @require       http://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.4.min.js
// @version       1.1
// ==/UserScript==

$('.post-menu').each(function () {
    var shareLink = $(this).find('.short-link');
    var postId = shareLink.attr('href').split('/')[2];

    // add a timeline link
    $(this).append('<span class="lsep">|</span>')
           .append('<a href="/posts/' + postId + '/timeline">timeline</a>');


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  • I've updated the code to properly handle all Stack Exchange domains and use a current version of jQuery. – bwDraco Jan 8 '16 at 3:31

In the context of things that kind of link would probably work better jammed into the sidebar as you're looking into the total activity of the post.

finger licking

There currently exists a link to the lastactivity of the page so either pair it on by making the "active" label be a link, or slink a joint in below the "asked, viewed, active".

The links that sit under a post are so far mostly reserved for actionable items (editing, flagging, etc.) that peeking into a piquant timeline is not really in line with.

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    Good point, and you really should be an artist! :D – Shadow Dec 23 '15 at 23:21

I'm also a fan (and frequent user) of the timeline feature. And while I'd (also) really appreciate an official link, I've come up with another rather simplistic (but pretty effective IMO) workaround in the interim (= while waiting for the -tag to be removed).

Here are the steps I use to get to any timeline of a question, on any SE site:

  1. Click on either of these links below a question:
  2. Double click the last part of the URL (= edit or revisions), so that it gets selected.
  3. Type timeline and hit enter.
  4. (Optional) if you have defined a keyboard shortcut for timeline (eg: @tl) then just type @tl (which further reduces the effort required to type that timeline from step 3 to only 37.5% ...).

Note: The time it takes to complete all (3 or 4) steps should be somewhere around 3 to 5 secs.

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