Feature request: list postings by date/time instead of hours/days ago

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Forum topic by UnstoppableDrew posted 03-21-2012 04:43 PM 2079 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2012 04:43 PM

Hopefully this is not a topic that’s been beat to death, I tried searching and didn’t find one (and using “days ago” as a search string returned 512,000 results).

I would really like to see posts/projects/pictures/etc labeled with the actual date & time, rather than how long it’s been there. I was looking at my own projects and was wondering when I had posted them. It is (IMHO) much more useful to know I posted a project on December 5th, 2008 rather than 1202 days ago.

-- Nothing looks worse on your outdoors resume than a list of the possible locations of your remains.

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 04:54 PM

Whats the matter can’t count that high….LOL .........Schloemoe

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 05:31 PM

It seems a lot simpler to me, too. The way it is, everything has to be updated constantly, yet the original post date will never change. It seems like it would be easier for the site operators, and their server, I can do my own math. Just remind me what today is.

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 05:40 PM


thread posted 1,372 days ago is SO anoying…..

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 06:14 PM

Yes and, errrr, no.
This thread, for example – ”#3 posted 27 minutes ago” seems more useful than a date/time. Not to mention the fact that we’re not all in the same time zone – so which time zone should we use?

I’d favour something like…
if (postTimeAndDate is more than one week ago) then display in “absolute date/time” format
else display in “delta time” format

This doesn’t, of course, get around time zone problems, but for things over a week old, I’d figure that to be fairly unimportant.

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 06:44 PM

Pretty much every other online forum I use has timezone as a user setting, and displays date & time in your timezone.

-- Nothing looks worse on your outdoors resume than a list of the possible locations of your remains.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 08:37 AM

That’s a very good suggestion, KnickKnack… thanks.

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 10:08 PM

I think it would be better to just ADD the date Posted... and leave the days ago data.

(just looking at it from a programming change standpoint) LOL


Thank you.

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 10:31 PM

I couldn’t agree more.

Martin Sojka,
I hope this would be an “EASY” upgrade/change!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 10:41 PM

I’m kind of with Joe, and I also like it the way it is, as a concession I could see the date instead of the number of days but I don’t really care if it was at 00:01:46 or 14:23:59 on that day. Though I do like the 27 minutes ago…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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