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Showing the time for each thread

Travel Forums System Talk Showing the time for each thread

1. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

I think it would be very useful to see the exact time when each thread was last updated/posted to. Has this been considered?

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

The current style of displaying relative time for recent posts (not more than a week old) is pretty useful, considering the different time zones people live in. Otherwise, everyone will have to do mental calculation every time they want to know when it was posted, in relative to their own time zone compared to the server time (which is Pacific Time GMT-8).

For recent posts, you will see the actual date and time stamps when you are on the reply page.

3. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Hien,

Thank you for your reply. I'm also active on a couple of other Forums, and of course they also have members worldwide. On those Forums it's possible for each member, no matter in what country he or she is, to set their own local time, so that the local time is displayed. So that when I pull up, for instance, "All Forums" and see the threads that were most recently added to, then I can also see the time when that happened. From experience I know tbis is really useful, because I can then easily locate the threads that have been updated since I last checked the Forum.

Aloha!

Bo-Göran

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

The thing is, our members are travellers. Under your proposal, each and every one of them would need to go into their profile to update their timezone information each time they're in a new location on this planet, which would get old really swiftly. (And of course the current setup is useful for people who aren't logged in, too.)
So then we'd need to go and add an option (turned off by default, as 90% of people never look at or change settings at all) for just those people who are logged in, happen to not be travelling very much, and are the type to change preferences, to display time absolutely for their specific time zone, rather than relatively. And take daylight savings time into account and all of that hassle. It might be nice to do that, still, but it's an awful lot of hassle for very little gain, and I'd personally consider it to be not worth it.

That said, an option to see which threads have been posted in since you last visited is really useful, and would be a great addition. I personally make this kinda work for me by clicking on the "last post" link in the forum index. If it's purple (visited), there have been no new replies. If it's orange (not visited), there have been new replies. Works well enough, but if the site could keep track of this for me and denote it with an icon or a "jump to new posts since your last visit" link, that would be better still.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2009, at 09:45 by Sander ]

5. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Sander,

Well, it was just a thought! And thank you for your quick response. I realize that a lot of the Forum members are "on the road" and in those cases they would presumably just have to settle for whatever time is automatically displayed. But, when you're on your home computer, it's obviously different. Not sure how the Daylight Saving Time issue is dealt with. I live in Hawaii, and Hawaii only uses Standard time, so not an issue for me!

Bo-Göran

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

The thing is, our members are travellers. Under your proposal, each and every one of them would need to go into their profile to update their timezone information each time they're in a new location on this planet, which would get old really swiftly. (And of course the current setup is useful for people who aren't logged in, too.).

This is something I've mentioned before, about users setting their local timezone - or having timezone set by the persons resident country (as opposed to citizen country) as people travelling often do change this. It may also be possible to have on the front page (of the new design being worked on?) a check using IP address against the timezone for members logged in, and asking if they want to change to the suggested timezone of where the IP is located.

Another thing I've previously mentioned is for non-members the best timezone to have is UTC, and not US Pacific Time. This is because all time zones are relative to UTC (often referred to as GMT, however I believe UTC is the correct term as it doesn't suggest any particular country).

Both of the above together would be far more useful to a global userbase than just having US Pacific Time displayed.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

That I absolutely agree with. That UTC isn't used now is mostly (I think) the effect of an old codebase which when it was set up never thought about such issues, and it now being a gargantuan task to fix it sitewide. The blogs do work with UTC for a lot of things, but yeah, definitely not an ideal situation...