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Should “member for” be “member since”?

When I first accessed my own profile, the heading "Member for" confused me a little bit. It read as "number of days a person can have access to Stack Overflow".

Member for 1 day
This makes me think I've somehow managed to create a guest account with limited-period access. But I now know that is not what it means.

Member since
This version of the wording reads better to me.

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    Nice edit Random, too bad you don't get part of the rep, I didn't up-vote initially because I felt the question was poorly worded. Nov 11, 2009 at 7:28
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    That wasn't just a feeling.
    – random
    Nov 11, 2009 at 8:00
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    Just had to add that I know you've only been a member of the site for a little over 3 hours. 2009-11-11 06:42:12Z was the time and date you joined. Nov 11, 2009 at 10:04

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Well, if you put Member Since, you have to put a date not a duration for it to make sense.

Member since 1 day
Member since 10th Nov, 2009

Personally, a duration is a lot easier mentally to digest. Giving this, maybe if you somehow reworded the sentence it is short for ("This user has been a member for") to something that is less ambiguous.

  • Honestly, I still believe that a date would be better. If a user has been a member of the site for 3 years, which would look better ? "Member for 1095 days" OR "Member since 10th Nov, 2009" ?
    – user138776
    Nov 11, 2009 at 8:22
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    OR, as you suggested first: "Member for 3 years" Nov 11, 2009 at 8:25

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