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Old 2004-05-22, 00:23   #1
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Default Timestamp format for posts

Okay, I think this was discussed when the board was upgraded to version 3, but I'm gonna bring it up again: date/timestamp format. At first, X minutes ago doesn't seem like a big deal, in fact, it can be rather helpful. But as time progresses and a post ages, the stamp gets less and less specific, e.g. X weeks ago. This was rather annoying when I was in the LMH forum and wanted to know when I'd picked up a certain range to see how long it was taking me to finish it. I had to check the results.txt file instead, not a huge inconvenience. But for other threads where such records aren't kept, it can be annoying.

Obviously, people have gotten used to the new format and, as stated above, it can be rather helpful. Now I've done some digging on vBulletin's site and it doesn't look too hard to change the format (though I wouldn't really know, not being the administrator of the forum). Hence this thread to see what people think. First off, IF we should change it, and if so, what we should change it to. No poll because I'm sure people will come up with variations I wouldn't think of.

My vote goes to a combination, something like:

X (minutes/hours/days/etc) ago on Month Day, Year at hh:mm (AM/PM)

Example:
5 minutes ago on May 21, 2004 at 8:25 PM

Seems a bit long-winded, but it's very informative.
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Old 2004-05-22, 00:48   #2
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I fully agree with PrimeCruncher's suggestion.
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Old 2004-05-22, 00:53   #3
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Use Star dates instead

How about:
HH:MM Month DD, YY
using 24 time.

I see a poll coming on.....
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Old 2004-05-22, 01:28   #4
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Originally Posted by Uncwilly
Use Star dates instead

How about:
HH:MM Month DD, YY
using 24 time.

I see a poll coming on.....
Stardates; excellent idea! But that's another debate: TOS-based stardates or TNG/DS9/VOY based stardates?

Your suggestion would look something like this:

21:25 May 21, 04

If we do it like that, I recommend a slight modification:

Month DD YYYY, HH:MM

so you get:

May 21 2004, 21:25

A slight revision on my idea, to make it a little shorter:

X timeunit ago, Month DD YYYY, HH:MM

so you get:

5 minutes ago, May 21 2004, 21:25
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Old 2004-05-22, 03:29   #5
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I'm for:
5 minutes ago @ 21:25 on May 21, 2004
or
May 21,2004 @ 21:25 (5 minutes ago)
-Tom
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Old 2004-05-22, 07:25   #6
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Noooo!! Look, I'm willing to forgive Americans for their shopping malls and their huge gas guzzling cars. I'm even, goddamnit, prepared to overlook the atrocious accent of Daphne in Fasier but I will never sanction the abomination of putting the day between the month and the year! Never! Do you hear me? Never!

(Seriously, as we all inhabit different time zones I think time stamping will only serve to confuse.)

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Old 2004-05-22, 07:42   #7
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I want the timestamp to be on the minute. How it is done in not so important.
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Old 2004-05-22, 08:02   #8
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What about "geschrieben um 10:00 Uhr am 22. Mai 2004" ?


in Esperanto: je la deka horo, la 22-an de majo 2004

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Old 2004-05-22, 08:47   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pablo the Duck
Noooo!! Look, I'm willing to forgive Americans for their shopping malls and their huge gas guzzling cars. I'm even, goddamnit, prepared to overlook the atrocious accent of Daphne in Fasier but I will never sanction the abomination of putting the day between the month and the year! Never! Do you hear me? Never!

(Seriously, as we all inhabit different time zones I think time stamping will only serve to confuse.)
How about using GMT then?
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Old 2004-05-22, 09:07   #10
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Why not just make it configurable for each user like phpBB2 does?
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Old 2004-05-22, 13:14   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ColdFury
Why not just make it configurable for each user like phpBB2 does?
Don't know if that's possible, but I would think it would be. As for the MM/DD or DD/MM, that should be something configurable in the user profile... though it doesn't seem to be. This is starting to get more complex than I thought...
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