Date format for localized sites should use national standards everywhere, even in tooltips for reputation graph. Currently SO in Russian uses same format as English SO:

  • Russian


  • English


In other words, day-of-a-week, month day, year. I suggest to swap day and month, like it is used in the system clock tooltip in MS Windows by default:


Worth noting that format in table mode is already correct:

  • English


  • Russian


Adding a string with date format into transifex will allow fixing the issue.

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    ...or at least an international (iso-)standard, and not a local format (which the us-format is)! Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 11:12
  • Note that you can't "localise date" to English, as you describe. Different English speaking countries use different format. Here in Australia, the national language is English, but we format our dates as dd/mm/yy*. You can localise to a country.
    – Gnemlock
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 22:01
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    @Gnemlock I don't want to use different format for each contry on the same site. I want to use one of appropriate format for localized site. I.e. I don't want to use English, American, whatever else non-Russian format for Stack Overflow на русском. Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 1:14

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So, this is already localized, in that the actual format has been put in a localizable string - the order of fields and the actual separators can be changed to suit the language of the site.

We have these localized strings (which are mostly placeholder and separators):

"$full_day_name$, $full_month_name$ $day_number$, $full_year$"

"$short_month_name$ '$short_year$"

"$short_month_name$ $day_number$"

These just need to be rearranged and the suitable separators used and it should Just Work™.

So, in Transifex, the Russian version would be:

"$full_day_name$, $day_number$ $full_month_name$, $full_year$"
  • Thanks for clarification, but there is still a problem. E.g. about may month: in the $short_month_name$ '$short_year$ result should be май '{year}, but for $short_month_name$ $day_number$ result should be {day} мая (the last letter changes). I.e. we need different translations for $short_month_name$ according to context. Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 15:36

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