Seeing as how SO's one year anniversary is coming soon, question and answer dates are going to need to display the year.
This is already implemented. I should have searched uservoice first.
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
- 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.
How do you know it just doesn't hide the year if it is in the same year as the question anyway?
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.