When I go to the questions tab (sorted by newest) under my profile's activity page and look through all the questions that I have asked so far, I noticed that my very first asked question's relative-time shows "11 hours ago" and the timestamp (hover over) displays "2015-07-16 03:17:39Z" (Please note: live link relative-time & timestamp may differ as it updates every secs/mins/hours/days - see the screenshot below). But, that's the time I modified the post and not created. The question was originally asked on Jun 5 at 11:39
Here is the screenshot of the same:
While I am okay with the questions sort order on the newest tab as they are arranged by the dates (i.e. newest first) but not happy with the way date and time is shown on this very old question of mine. How am I suppose to know the original asking date of this question? If I deduct 11 hours from today's time then it will give me a wrong date and not the actual date when the question was originally asked i.e. Jun 5 at 11:39. Of course, I can click on the question itself and get the date from the question-status area. But, I wasn't expecting this result from the newest tab.
Let me give you an actual working example here.
Take a look at the results shown by Meta.SE's questions tab (sorted by newest) link. The questions are sorted by the time originally asked (newest first) and displays the time (hover over for timestamp) of the creation. Also notice how the time is shown, it ranges from:
n secs ago > n mins ago > n hours ago > yesterday > 2 days ago > actual date.
This result strictly shows the newest questions that were asked. No modified/edited (i.e. any kind of recent activity) questions there at all. That's what exactly I was expecting from my profile's questions tab (sorted by newest) action. These results are sorted by asked date but confuses when you see the date and time shown on the questions displayed especially on the recent activity ones (stamps with modified time) .
I don't know how to interpret succinctly (need a little help here) my profile's questions newest tab's behavior for the results given, but let me summarize it by saying:
The most recently asked questions, sorted by creation date (newest first) but labeled with the timestamp of recent activity (if <= 2 days old) of any kind (including replies and edits).
As far as my knowledge goes,
activity tab is for the questions that have recent activity
newest tab is for the most recently asked questions.
Note: recent activity vs. recently asked
Why show the recent activity time instead of displaying the actual asking date and time? I can get my newest questions with recent activities by clicking on the activity tab on left.
Does this belong to one of those status-bydesign category? I am totally confused here.
I opted for using discussion tag instead of bug tag as I am not sure on this and may be too early to call this as a "Bug". I will await for the possible answers from fellow members and SE team. Please share you thoughts.