I've got a bounty that's about to expire, and SO told me that I had 3 days left on Monday.

Now, it tells me that: "The bounty on your question "xyz" expires in the next day."

This makes no sense grammatically. It should read

The bounty on your question "xyz" expires tomorrow.

  • -1 because you're wrong, you can start counting a day from any time, not just midnight; it's just as valid as saying "in the next year" in May. +1 because there's definitely room to modify the message to include more useful information. – Pops May 14 '10 at 5:13
  • it makes perfect sense grammatically, but i'd agree that the other wording sounds better. – Kip May 14 '10 at 13:08

OK, to fix this critically important and potentially life threatening bug, I changed it to "in the next 24 hours".

  • You get a salute from me for saving lives! – Josh K May 14 '10 at 12:40
  • Oh thank GOD. Thank you Jeff. – glasnt May 18 '10 at 23:14

Actually in the next 24 hours / next day does sound right.

  • "within the next 24 hours" is the only version that I find correct enough. – glasnt Apr 14 '10 at 8:50

I second Josh's suggestion and maybe add that giving number of days and hours left might be better.

e.g. The bounty on your question expires in 1 day and 23 hours and definitely give number of hours left if it's <1 day, plus the meaning of tomorrow depends on the timezone.

  • Dynamic time on a notification? Perish the thought </s> – glasnt Apr 14 '10 at 8:50
  • actually - I'm curious - why is it so tough? – Evgeny Apr 14 '10 at 15:32
  • It's not that hard to have a countdown timer, if the actual process of ending a bounty time is set as a specific date, as opposed to a batch process which could be run every 15 minutes, or 2 hours. Given a set time of ending, it isn't too hard to get a countdown timer going, but if there is any more work involved than changing text, Mr Atwood will close it stating 'status-bydesign' ;) – glasnt Apr 14 '10 at 22:49

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