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“Yesterday” time specification shown when it was actually the day before yesterday

Looking at this question of mine, I see "asked yesterday" (which I really hate; I'd like to see an exact time specification rather than this vague one, especially in the list of questions). But it was ...
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Why is vote time missing in the SE data dump and SEDE?

Is there a particular reason why vote times are omitted in the data dump? IMO this could be a very useful data-set. Is this one of the steps that was done to anonymize the data, or does it simply not ...
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Was a question asked in the future?

How is it possible that a question was asked "-1s ago"? [screenshot no longer available] Update: The servers seem to be even 6 (or more?) seconds out of sync: [screenshot no longer available]
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Back to the future

We have Was a question asked in the future? recurring, but more significantly. Seems it also happened last week I see "asked in 4 hours" and "answered in 5 hours" all over the site. Is this a ...
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SO cache going nuts? Or do I need a lot of sleep?

For nearly 5-6 hours now, I am not getting the usual sorted list of questions on SO's interesting questions page. Here are two screenshot(with awesome red-circles)(which are becoming more common in my ...
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Tool-tip timestamp shows a Z

When you mouseover a "3 hours ago" time, you get the exact timestamp. Here's an example of what I get -- the code says: <span title="2009-07-20 23:12:37Z" class="relativetime">Jul 20 at 23:12&...
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Allow users to set custom date formats

My system uses the date format dd-MMM-yyyy. Most of the dates on SE/SO sites are formatted as MMM-dd-'yy. Having only 'yy makes it especially hard to search for years. yyyy would make that a lot ...
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Timestamps for spam and offensive flags not shown

In the flagging summary page /users/flag-summary/<id>, the timestamp that the flag is raised for spam and offensive flags are not shown. Is this status-bydesign or a bug? I can't think of any ...
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“You can accept an answer just now”

It looks like that text like "2 seconds ago" has been changed to "just now". This makes sense with time that has ended, like the time of posting questions/answers/comments. When trying to accept an ...
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Possible bug in sidebar “question asked:” date

I asked this question yesterday, approximately 18 hours ago ("2011-12-13 20:24:03Z" according to the hover text), and it's still being displayed as "today". I assume the "Z" in the timestamp refers ...
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SO server time sync?

This question suggests that the servers used in the SO rack are not properly time sync'd: Was a question asked in the future? How are the servers clocks set? (ie, NTP, or otherwise?) Are they ...
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“member for” is a negative number on Data.SE

I've recently joined Data.SE, and seen this: -55, -54, and counting… it reached 0, but then it started over from -59! It seems I'm not alone with this problem
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Bug in comment timestamp

Every once in a while (2X a week or so), when I submit a comment, the timestamp says that I submitted it "in 0 seconds" instead of the usual "0 secs ago". This isn't a huge problem, but if it can ...
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Reopened questions get a “modified” time stamp in the questions list

This question just showed up on RPG.SE's front page like this: ... which makes no sense, because the question hasn't been modified since May 25th, and the person who edited it wasn't CatLord anyway: ...
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Member for 12 months?

I have seen this question, which has been marked with the status-completed, but I am still experiencing it*: Or, is it a new bug? * If it is not clear, I am a member for 12 months, but not for 1 ...
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Why does the default time range on the 'recent activity' page work as it does?

I just went to my 'Recent Activity' page on StackOverflow and the time range offered to me by default was: 2009-10-28 13:38:20Z to 2009-10-28 23:59:59Z Top 5 Posts (nothing in this date range) Most ...
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Time shown incorrectly

On Stack Overflow, the time shown for answers and comments is incorrect. When the post is just 20 mins old, the comments and answers say that they are 12 hours old. I have seen this mistake in more ...
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Comment on an answer before it existed

I just found this answer on the "New answers to old questions" list, and looking at the comment I was shocked to see it was coming... from the past! Is this a bug? EDIT: Summarizing what's been ...
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Timeline vote summary shows votes for the 24 hours following the timestamp, which is confusing

The new timeline is pretty snazzy. But there's one thing I've noticed that's a bit jarring; the timestamp for vote summaries is always 0:00:00 on a particular day, and the summary covers the rest of ...
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Add year to time date stamps

Throughout the site abbreviated dates are used (Apr 21 at 9:12). This works great for dates within the current year but it seems that as the years roll by it'll become important to include the year in ...
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Comments missing timestamp and MathJaX in Firefox ESR 52 (2019) [duplicate]

Similar symptoms to the last year's problem Comment timestamp is not showing in Firefox ESR and Comments with MathJax not rendered on Firefox ESR and same workarounds: Either, open and close the Web ...
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Time travel on SO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Revision History is Bass-Ackwards on some posts. I seem to be seeing questions and answers before they are actually posted. As you can see, in Exhibit A, I see a question and ...
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Add click event to trigger timestamp tooltips [duplicate]

I just cannot seem to get these to pop up on the stock Android browser or the latest Chrome for Android, in both desktop and mobile mode. Can a click event be added for these (and other tooltips/title ...
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Improve the accuracy of time strings

Something's been bugging me about SO for a while now, that is the inaccuracy of "length of time" strings. The best example I can give at the moment is CMS's user profile. If you look at the length ...
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Timewarp in the comment time

This is not a huge issue (not huge at all), but I first noticed this maybe a couple of weeks ago and it's time I mentioned it. The timestamp commentary on comments is saying minutes when it should be ...
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Flag time is missing in Spam type flag [duplicate]

Here is screen shot of my recent flag history, As we can see that after handling of flag by moderator each flag is showing the time when I flagged that post. But in case of flag like "Spam" or "...
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Indicator changes to “2 hours ago” no matter when it was actually posted [duplicate]

Whenever I look at a question on Stack Overflow, once I spend maybe 30 seconds on that page, or sometimes even if I click edit, the box where it says "posted 10 minutes ago", will automatically switch ...
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Comment timestamp is not showing in Firefox ESR

Since a short while ago, I can no longer see timestamps on comments. Is this some new feature, or has something gone wrong with my ad blocker? For instance, when I visit this post, I see this: Note: ...
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Edit details: “suggested [time period] ago” shows approved time, not suggested

I just approved a suggested edit, and I noticed the time given in the "edited ... ago" link under the post shown was only a few seconds, so it was clearly referring to the approval time. I guess there'...
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Why are the time stamps in UTC instead of localized for the client?

Just curious as to what the reasoning behind making the time stamps for the questions and answers in UTC instead of localizing the time for the client. I do realize it's easier to store the value in ...
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Why do the client and server sides of StackExchange use different abbreviations for time spans?

When I load a StackExchange site, the questions on the main page show up with timestamps like "answered 5m ago joeuser": But after a minute ticks by, all the timestamps get recalculated and are ...
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Timestamps across the network are appearing in the future!

I this question, I replied to a comment. The comment I replied to then appeared below my comment with a timestamp in the future: The comments will now just appear out of sequence, but at the time the ...
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Please implement a way to see post timestamps on the mobile site

On the desktop site, when looking at posts that are recent enough, sometimes the site just says "1 hour ago." However, if I hover over it, it shows a nice little timestamp: I would love to be able ...
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Add time to “yesterday” questions/answers

I'm always bugged by the inconsistency of this: Old Question/Answer http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/2975/sospecificdatetime.png Yesterday http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/8515/soyesterday.png I ...
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Why are there answers time stamped BEFORE the question?

Here is just one example. answered Sep 17 '08 at 3:00 and asked Aug 1 '09 at 1:19 There's tons more. How does this happen?
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“You can accept an answer in 0 seconds” looks weird

Turns out every user needs to wait 15 minutes between asking a question and accepting an answer on it. If he tries to click "accept" earlier he sees "You can accept an answer in N seconds" which is ...
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Auto-Refresh sets the “asked at” timestamp to 12 hours [duplicate]

When a page is auto refreshed, or it updates itself on Stack Overflow, the shown time is wrong. It always shows "12 hours ago," instead of actual time. If I refresh the page manually, it shows the ...
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Incorrect last activity timestamps on dynamically loaded new questions

If you hang around on the front page a lot, after a while you will see this bar: I click it, and a few new/updated questions pop in: But why does it say that question was changed in 2011 last? It ...
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Display minutes in the “answered X hours ago” item

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 ...
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How to find the exact time of posting?

I just wanted to show somebody that I received an answer a just couple of seconds after posting the question, but the only times I see are "6 hours ago". Another use would be for finding out which ...
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In question lists, show the date relevant to the sorting method

In question results list, the dates/timestamps should be shown the same way as they are on the site. I.e., when sorting by newest, then show the "asked" date, but sorting by activity should show the ...
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Why are time stamps missing from recent questions?

As I've looked through questions Stack Overflow recently, I've noticed that recently asked questions use relative time (posted yesterday or last edited 2 days ago), which is fine. Yet if I find an ...
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Why do these answers have the wrong time? How could they be posted before the question?

This image says it all: The answerers are so lucky... Somehow they answered this question 18 hours before it was even asked... How did they do that?
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Timestamps missing year and time

I've noticed a few posts (and it is only a few—maybe a handful) which are missing the year and time from the timestamp—The year is replaced with \yy and the time is replaced with AM/PM. The timestamp ...
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Colors in timestamps on Meta Stack Exchange do not indicate “recentness”

I am used to see timestamp everywhere by it's color. The recent timestamps are a little bit reddish everywhere. E.g. in Meta Stack Overflow: Last edit: Last seen: But in Meta Stack Exchange ...
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Why is the year NOT displayed in the questions and comments dates?

Why is it that the year is never displayed in the questions or comments? Is it because it is the current year? I, and maybe others, wonder.
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Comments out of order [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Back to the future There is a bad time stamp on a comment I just recently made on this answer. The question was posted 2 hours ago, my answer was posted 1 hour ago and the OP ...
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Hats can push time stamp to the right in question list

Hats can be positioned in a way that leaves the bounds of a user's image, but apparently this can also affect time stamp positioning when browsing questions. In this image, a hat is pushing the time ...
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Show added date when sorting Favourites list by “added”

Here is a particular use case: I've started to use the favourites, as suggested by this comment, to save questions/posts as a reminder that they need editing: On the smaller sites you should rate ...
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Times before 10 am should show leading 0 for hours

I had an upvote on an old question of mine that happened to be early in the morning Stack Overflow time (UTC), and I noticed that there's no leading zero. ISO 8601 specifies that all times shall have ...