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    "5 hours ago"? huh?


    I'm looking at a thread in another forum on this site. The entries are listed with the following "times":
    1. 6 hours ago
    2. 5 hours ago
    3. 5 hours ago
    4. 5 hours ago
    5. 5 hours ago
    6. 5 hours ago
    7. 4 hours ago

    You've dumbed it down, and we lose precision. Why not just put the date and time? That way, even as the thread ages a bit, we can figure out how much time elapsed between one post and the next.

    We can figure it out. Math isn't hard.

    It's like idiot lights instead of gauges on dashboards. *grumble grumble*
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    Hi, wje_lf

    This matter has been under discussion for several weeks in the admin forum.

    Thanks for the feedback.
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    I've never minded the timing format here. I don't see a reason to know that something was posted at 3:17 pm... just so long as I know it's around 2 hours old. Or 2 days. Is there really a need to overhaul this, just for the sake of a little unnecessary precision?
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    jayd512, don't worry, we won't I'm kind of in the same boat with you.

    "That way, even as the thread ages a bit, we can figure out how much time elapsed between one post and the next." - if the thread ages a bit, then how important is it really to know the exact time?

    If a few people could provide a few good reasons to change this, we're open to ideas... otherwise, it seems like changing it back and calculating the time ourselves is an unnecessary step we can remove. Thoughts?

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    What's wrong with putting both? eg. "Posted at 3:17 - 4 hours ago"

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    Although I don't think that's doable without some vBulletin hacking, it probably is doable. However, we'd need a good reason to do this because I still don't see one. If this is mainly about old postings, does it really matter whether something was posted 4 months ago versus 4 months ago, 10 days, and 3 hours?

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    I can see two valid objections to this idea.
    1. It takes a lot of effort (i.e., money) to implement.
    2. The change would confuse or disorient people.

    I have no reply to the first one. Youse guys are the deciders. :)

    To the second one: just make it configurable. If people do not change their configuration, the default is to make it behave just as it does now.

    But a completely invalid objection is: why would someone want this?

    Different people have different styles of working. I'm used to seeing timestamps. All this "x hours ago" stuff disorients me, seems to patronize me (though I know that's not your intent), and makes me feel I've stumbled into a kindergarten class.

    Further, these forums aren't just about technical advice. It's technical advice delivered with just the right human spin. How much time should I invest in an answer? If I'm going to advise someone (perhaps after a half dozen posts in a thread) that he should go elsewhere for help (perhaps to google), how can I word it for maximum effectiveness, balanced against the right amount of courtesy? The rhythm of the previous posts can help determine that.

    But no, it's dumbed down.

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    Choice is good ... so if it can be done for reasonable effort

    Personally I don't care on time of day/day of week etc after a week or so, but this is personal taste ... bit like which distro is best

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    Ok, fair enough... I'm a fan of choice. Currently, this is only configurable on a global level. Let me see what I can do to make it on a user level. Thanks for the idea! I'll keep you updated.

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    Sounds good

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