Seeing as how SO's one year anniversary is coming soon, question and answer dates are going to need to display the year.
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.
This is already implemented. I should have searched uservoice first.
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.