I have been using stackoverflow for a while, coming in from google without logging in. The content is truly helpful.

The worst part about the site, though, is the usage of "time ago" instead of a real datestamp. It is maddening to know that, for example, software X was released on Y date [ie YYYY.mmdd format] and have to mentally compare the Stackoverflow unformatted date [ie such as "6 months and 5 days ago"].

A number of us seem to consider this a bug, but I did not see my specific problem scenario described. So, in hopes of change, here it is!

There are a few related questions here, such as: See Add year to question and answer dates .

  • declined because the year already shows on posts older than a year and because you can already see the date in a tooltip. Jan 2, 2010 at 2:17

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Yes, just hover over most dates to see the UTC (Z or Zulu) time.


  • Thank you for the picture, Jeff, and to everyone else for replies :). Jan 2, 2010 at 13:56

There is a tooltip associated with the 'time ago' value, which shows the UTC time and date of the post.

Just move your cursor near the value to see the tool tip.

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