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1. Posted by Skylarking (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

Is there any option for users to customise these? I've just edited a post and it has come out as BST - 8 hours (ie GMT - 7 hours), daylight saving time on the west coast of North America.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Yes, I've been thinking this as well. It would be good on the forums to be able to have your own timezone shown for posts, just like in other forums on the web. It's quite confusing having times in a different timezone, and even more confusing as it doesn't seem to say on the forum pages what timezone posts are listed as.

I've not seen anywhere this can be customised on TP.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 10, 2008, at 6:24 PM by mojorob ]

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

This isn't possible for the forums (it is in the blogs area for example), no :(

Just to be clear, you'd be talking about this change only affecting what you see, right? All the visitors to the site that aren't logged in, would still see the default time. It's a lot of small changes in a lot of different places, but technically it is feasible. I rarely look at the date myself, preferring the 'x minutes/hours/days ago' option, but if it's of interest to a lot of people then we can certainly add it to the to do list.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

Just to be clear, you'd be talking about this change only affecting what you see, right?

Yep, that's right - registered users could select which timezone they're in (though this could also be linked to any profile information they have, if any) and therefore see a time that's of more use to them. Non-registered viewers just get the default timezone - though it may be an idea to say on the forums what timezone this is as people are on here from around the globe.

I would also suggest UTC should be the default timezone rather than US Pacific timezone (although I'm aware that this site seems to be hosted in California, USA), as timezones are expressed relatively to UTC.

Resident location in a members profile could be linked to a number of things, including timezone, currency (as mentioned previously regarding hostel booking currency), specific news outs for those who have opted in to receiving newsletters from TP.

This website is a global travellers website, though currently there seems to be a recurring theme centred on the USA (i.e. American timezone, American currency as default in hostel bookings). I'm making these suggestions to make things a bit more global and relevant to the individual users of this site who are based around the world.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting Sam I Am

Just to be clear, you'd be talking about this change only affecting what you see, right?

Yep, that's right - registered users could select which timezone they're in (though this could also be linked to any profile information they have, if any) and therefore see a time that's of more use to them. Non-registered viewers just get the default timezone - though it may be an idea to say on the forums what timezone this is as people are on here from around the globe.

I would also suggest UTC should be the default timezone rather than US Pacific timezone (although I'm aware that this site seems to be hosted in California, USA), as timezones are expressed relatively to UTC.

Resident location in a members profile could be linked to a number of things, including timezone, currency (as mentioned previously regarding hostel booking currency), specific news outs for those who have opted in to receiving newsletters from TP.

This website is a global travellers website, though currently there seems to be a recurring theme centred on the USA (i.e. American timezone, American currency as default in hostel bookings). I'm making these suggestions to make things a bit more global and relevant to the individual users of this site who are based around the world.

Gotcha and fully agree that display should be UTC. A lot of code in areas like the forum is older and when setup that was in a way representative of what was possible back then (at least in our minds ). So it's not so much a 'recurring' thing as much as it's always been that way. The forums have been running 5+ years with the date showing that way and we get engrained in doing things a certain way so would not always think of changes like this (it hasn't really ever been mentioned before either that I can remember). In the blogs for example, the code is much more recent and there you can set not only preferred posting time on a per entry level as an offset of UTC, but also set your preferred date format. Actually the date format is probably an even bigger issue than timezone because it goes directly against learned behaviour. 10 Jun '08 for example is not standard in the US, yet the timezone is US (see, we're not only centered on the US at all ). It doesn't get any more logical though this way...

With regards to the accommodation area, which of course is very new code, the USD is still the default currency for nearly all booking sites that sell a global product. We do change it based on language, so someone browsing that area in Dutch would see the EUR. Also, once you do one search with a different currency it defaults to that for the rest of your searches.

But tying in some of these features with the residents location would indeed be very slick! We were discussing this in regards to something else yesterday and we'll try and push for more people to update this information in the next newsletter so that it gets more useful (out of 160 000 members or so, the majority don't have their residency location filled in).

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Encouraging people to complete residency country would be good so it can fit in with other areas of the site - however for privacy reasons you would also need an opt-out for those who don't wish it to be displayed in either their public profile page or the forums.

I was aware that in certain languages a different currency is shown as you mention, however there's a whole load of people from countries where most people speak English who don't use USD (e.g. Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand - plus others that have populations with some English speakers like Malta, Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa etc).

For example, I'm from the UK and living in Australia so my "natural" currencies to work in are GBP, AUD & EUR (yes, I'm a British person who doesn't mind the Euro and recognises the UK is part of Europe!!). Day to day, USD isn't a blip on the radar for me. I would actually expect a default currency to be the currency used in the country I'm booking accommodation in (i.e. a hostel in Hong Kong would show HKD, in Canada would show CAD).