Here's an example:

At the moment, the latest entry there is October 13, which would be mistaken to mean October last year (2012), but it actually is October 2010. This applies to all the filters in the activity tab.

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    I know it's been said before but for someone who hasn't been seen in 2 years it's depressing how often he hits the rep cap... Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 9:18
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    @benisuǝqbackwards Depressing ain't enough to cover it. =)
    – J. Steen
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 9:28
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    This will require massive change in the design but yeah, think it's a good idea. Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 9:41
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    @ben yeah, this is by all means "Stack Overflow Godhood level", think we need a badge for this! (Got rep cap without being active for X months? Deity badge! ;)) Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47
  • @ShaWizDowArd - Jon Skeet won't earn this badge. ;)
    – Himanshu
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 10:12
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    @hims Jon Skeet has all badges, past and future, by definition. :D Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 10:22
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    @benisuǝqbackwards: Why is it depressing Alex Martelli's questions keep getting upvotes? He wrote excellent answers! Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 11:19
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    @ShaWizDowArd: In all seriousness, that's not something we want to promote, now is it.. Do you want Jon to go inactive just to earn that badge? We all know Alex is a god; maintaining a top-12 position for over 2 years on the strength of his old answers alone is incredible. Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 11:49
  • @Martijn I'm sure his family will cherish us for making such a badge, yes! :-P Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 11:53

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As of today:

year header above the most recent activites

Yes, at long last there is some indication in these lists when the most current activity is not from the current year. We should've probably done this long ago - goodness knows how often this has tripped me up when viewing folks' profiles - but Alex came back after you posted this, so we had to wait for him to take another break in order to reproduce the problem. /s

The page now prefaces sections of the timeline not from the current year with a header containing the year number. So for instance, the first page of this guy's activity list is currently separated into 4 sections by such headers:

CKY's activity page with 3 headers

...while the second page starts out with a header indicating the year being continued:

page 2 of above, starting with a year header

I went with this approach to keep the design as close as possible to what folks are used to; we have several other styles of lists that do contain years, but they tend to contain posts with a fixed set of information in each - so putting the full (or relative) date in a consistent spot isn't as noisy as it would be here.

This change applies to the following pages:

  • profile page -> All Actions
  • profile page -> Responses
  • profile page -> Votes
  • the profile activity tabs on stackexchange.com (but not until the next time stackexchange.com is built)

...and the mobile versions of all those pages, which was probably a bigger problem to begin with given the lack of hovertext on mobile:

mobile version of the actions list, with a header shown

Thanks to Adam, Nick and Aaron for their help getting this done. And big thanks to everyone who reported this for being so very, very patient.

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