If I get more than one correct answer, I want to accept the earlier one. When both answers are posted at the same hour, the site displays something like "answered 2 hours ago." I have no way to determine which answer came first.

I also don't know the cut off of when the number of minutes shows up. It seems I have to wait for maybe a day.

So, instead of "answered 2 hours ago," I suggest we display "answered 2 hours x minutes" ago.

3 Answers 3


Hover the mouse pointer over the "... X hours ago" text and it will tell you the exact date and time.

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    +1 - Not only is your answer better than mine, you did it 14 seconds sooner!
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:20
  • @Adam: Hopefully the OP takes my advice so he can tell for sure that I answered sooner! ;) Nov 17, 2009 at 20:22
  • That's alright, I found a fatal flaw in your method, and pretended you were merely assisting me at the same time. Take that!
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:23
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    We're just so in sync, it's like we finish each others... Nov 17, 2009 at 20:25
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    ...chicken sandwiches.
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:28
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    You just ruined what could have been a beautiful moment... and the correct answer was "waffles", by the way. Nov 17, 2009 at 20:29
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    ...you...you're right. I'll go pack up my things and go ... quietly ... sobs ... what we had was beautiful ... sniffle ... while it lasted...
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:31
  • This is easy to do for one answer. This is annoying to do for multiple answers.
    – Jason S
    Dec 2, 2009 at 0:57

To accept the earliest answer, just click the Newest tab!

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    Selecting "oldest" would be better, since it would put the first one at the very top of the list. Nov 17, 2009 at 20:47
  • I gave you the upvote, but you need freehand circles around these parts.
    – John Rudy
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:49
  • Hey now! We were here first. People think they can bust in on us just because their answer is better... grumble grumble grumble (+1)
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:50
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    @Cigs: Exactly, there's just no way we can tell what part of the image he might be referring to! Nov 17, 2009 at 20:51

Check out the direct link just below the answer. The end of the link is the post number of the answer, and the earlier answer will have a lower number.

As demonstrated by my assistant gnovice and I, even HH:MM wouldn't be enough - you'd also need SS, which would be too large for the field. Hovering over the time gives you seconds resolution, but for the occasional posted-in-the-same-second (it happens on SO more often than I expected) you'll need to check out the post ID, given at the end of the direct link.

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    +1: I imagine the highly-active tags often have posts within the same second. Nov 17, 2009 at 20:24
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    With over 1,500 questions/answers posted per hour during the busy times it's guaranteed.
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 17, 2009 at 20:27

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