24 votes

Post was closed before it even existed

If you hover over "2 years ago" you'll see the date: 2018-11-26. So it was closed after it was asked, and this is just a confusing use of two date relativisers. It would definitely be best for the ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
17 votes

Allow users to set custom date formats

Please stop using weird date formats, it is very unfriendly and hard to read, specially the year! Having to do "mouseover" to understand the date is a big usability fail. Checking the date format by ...
higuita's user avatar
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12 votes

Comment timestamp is not showing in Firefox ESR

This is a really bad browser bug. And while we don't officially support FF 52, it seems used widely enough (because it's ESR) that this issue is probably worth working around. Basically, the layout ...
balpha's user avatar
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11 votes

What does "yst" represent in chat message timestamps?

It's a bit easier to see if you look at a chat that has a bit more activity than the one in your example but we use a three-letter abbreviation for chat messages up to a week old. So, something ...
Catija's user avatar
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10 votes

Allow users to set custom date formats

The dates should be numerical, ordered and include the complete data. This makes it possible for humans and machines to parse it with minimal thought on the format. There is no case to be made for ...
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10 votes

Allow users to set custom date formats

The minimum should be to display a full date. Showing '16 for the year is just pure evil. The better option is to use the full ISO format. Probably without the seconds and Z. Maybe omit the date part ...
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10 votes
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How to sort unanswered questions by date?

If you are referring to date asked, you can search answers:0 (add [tagname] to the search if you wish to search by tag) and then select the "newest" tab. Here is a link to an example of that search ...
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9 votes
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When can I start seeing 2019 in the date?

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 ...
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8 votes

Proposal: Timestamp at StackExchange sites answers/comments without time after 3 days

Knowing the order of answers coming in is pretty valuable to me. Even three weeks later, being able to see the date and time in comparison with the other posts is useful to me. I admit that I may be ...
Catija's user avatar
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6 votes

Post was closed before it even existed

This will be fixed in the next build. I'm just doing a minimal fix here so that things closed more than 1 year ago and less than 2 years ago are considered "1 year ago" instead of 2. Both ...
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6 votes
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Incorrect answer time on Stack Overflow

The user's account was (probably) deleted at one point. "Probably" because records going that far back are not always consistent or available, so I'm guessing on that part. The post ownership was ...
Adam Lear's user avatar
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6 votes
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Timeline vote summary shows votes for the 24 hours following the timestamp, which is confusing

I am removing the time portion altogether from the display of the daily summary of votes. As a summary of a day, it shouldn't have a time portion at all. Additionally, I sorted it to the end of the ...
Oded's user avatar
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5 votes

Allow users to set custom date formats

I'm looking at the dates in this very question, and 11 years on they're still like Dec 2 '19 at 18:21 after each contributor's name. I'm a native English speaker, but not from the US, and even though &...
Martin Kealey's user avatar
5 votes

The current date format makes it hard to archive and share screenshots

You can always hover for the complete UTC Time code and use that as part of your screenshot. This should work fine when using screenshots on both Windows and Macs... not sure about Linux.
Catija's user avatar
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5 votes
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What does clicking on a comment's time stamp do?

It is a direct link to the comment itself. Let's you get a link to put elsewhere - so people can go directly to the comment.
Oded's user avatar
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5 votes

Proposal: Timestamp at StackExchange sites answers/comments without time after 3 days

It doesn't make much sense. This way you're just broadening the information about the date for no real reason, it is absolutely not evident why would one hide this info. It's not an improvement. You'...
nicael's user avatar
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4 votes

What does "yst" represent in chat message timestamps?

It means "yesterday". You can see a hint in the text above the last message: "1 day later". Chat timestamps need to be compact, so it's not spelled out.
Monica Cellio's user avatar
4 votes

What does "yst" represent in chat message timestamps?

To expand on the other answers, it indicates "yesterday" that, rather confusingly, is the period of time between 24h and 48h ago, regardless of the time of the day. So, for example, "Jan 15, 17:00" ...
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4 votes

Does Stack Exchange use UTC time to store creation dates of posts and comments?

Per What is an SE "day"? When does each day start?, the SE day is the UTC day. This applies to everything that's date-stamped on SE -- posts, comments, visits (to count toward the Fanatic ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
3 votes
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What's up with these dates?

This will be fixed in 1.6.3.3, shipping this month. The problem is that we show dates in UTC time, we don't show the current year, AND while 2:28 AM UTC was in 2017 in Greenwich, it was still 2016 ...
Brian Nickel's user avatar
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3 votes

The current date format makes it hard to archive and share screenshots

Presumably, if you are sharing a screenshot on an external platform, the post on that platform is time stamped. That should make the human friendly time stamps in the screenshot unneeded. The time ...
Andy's user avatar
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2 votes

How can I check when (date-time) I voted on a particular post?

I don't know any better way than checking the list of your votes in your profile. That list could be quite long ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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2 votes
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Timestamps missing year and time

This will be fixed in 1.6.0.8. The problem presents itself on posts more than 330 days old where users have a lot of badges. The view sees that there isn't enough room for both the reputation and ...
Brian Nickel's user avatar
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2 votes

Hats can push time stamp to the right in question list

Well that's by design because hats can do that! Like in my related question, the hat can cover parts of the user's reputation and badge counts. Probably in order that the "{action}" in: {action} {...
Anthony Pham's user avatar
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1 vote
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User profile creation time for the profiles created today is not showing anymore

Starting with the next build, "member since today" will have the creation timestamp like the older profiles do. (Note that the whole phrase will be inside the span rather than just "today". The ...
Adam Lear's user avatar
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