I’ve noticed the obvious pattern from an edit in a question. First, it displays the number of hours, days etc. After a couple of days (?) it begins to display the actual date of posting.

I seem to not have been paying attention in 2018. Does the year only make itself present once it has gone, or is there a waiting period? Do I have to wait until 2020?

  • You have to wait until 2020. The implication is that a date without a year means this year.
    – fbueckert
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 15:38

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It used to be shown only on dates 360 days, almost a full year, ago or older, but this has changed: now it's shown on all timestamps not belonging to the current calendar year. So you have to wait until 2020-01-01.

If you can't wait, note that hovering over most (all?) timestamps (relative or absolute) will always show the full timestamp, including the year:

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  • It is definitely not all timestamps. Suspension notices don't show the exact timestamp on hover for example. Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 16:15

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