The new timeline is pretty snazzy. But there's one thing I've noticed that's a bit jarring; the timestamp for vote summaries is always 0:00:00 on a particular day, and the summary covers the rest of that day. So you end up with a summary that always shows up earlier than the events that presumably triggered the votes that show up in it.

A simple solution is to have it display 23:59:59 instead, and sort accordingly. This way the summary comes in after the events it summarizes.

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    Actually it's better to just leave the time field empty, or show "N/A", 23:59:59 will be as confusing, if not even more. Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 15:00
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    @ShadowWizard: I don't see why; "vote summary as of the last second of X day" is not that hard to understand. (Special-casing vote summaries to only ever be formatted as dates is not a bad idea either, but in any case the sorting should be as though the time were entered as I indicated.) Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 19:21
  • 23:59:59 is acceptable if this event already occurred. But for a current day timestamp from the future isn't a good idea. In this case much better is to show a current time of a day for every page refresh. Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 11:27
  • @alexolut: I already upvoted the answer that suggested that. Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 11:29

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I am removing the time portion altogether from the display of the daily summary of votes. As a summary of a day, it shouldn't have a time portion at all.

Additionally, I sorted it to the end of the day, given it covers the whole day.

With you in the next build.

  • Hmm, seems to be a glitch on SO at least: meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/339643/timeline shows either "in 21 hours" (for today's summary) or the full 23:59:59 timestamp if format is switched. I certainly don't want the former, and the latter, while not bad, is not what this answer describes. Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 2:28
  • Yeah, I never tested with a "today" set of votes, so missed that - also didn't toggle the timestamp when testing.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 12:46
  • Look better now? I've made some changes that should address all of the issues you've raised.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 15:36
  • Yep, looks great! Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 20:37
  • Could you also fix localization issue for today item? Commented Jan 13, 2017 at 8:18

As an alternative, have it display the current time.
(Or the commonly displayed "just now"/"a few seconds ago"/etc.)

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    But that won't fit "summary" any more and IMO will be even more confusing. Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 17:52

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