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1. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Appologizes if this has been answered but I couldnt find anything.

I recently created my first blog but noticed the time and date was not set to my local time. I noticed theres a manual area at the bottom with an unselectable (UTC +8) setting.

Do I need to manually change my post times for ever blog?
Is there an timezone setting that I have failed to find on multiple searchs?
Where do all the lost socks go after washing?

These and other questions will probasbly haunt me for a long time. Until then, I shall enjoy reading blogs, chatting and making new friends on this wonderful site.

Thanks in advance


2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6253 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Bob,

Unfortunately we don't have timezone settings at the moment. If you leave the time to the default it will record the current UTC time in the database. If you want it to show another date though, you will have to change this setting, though that would also change the UTC date and therefore if we ever do add timezone support (which is likely), it might mess with your dates.


3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'll be soon touching the blog system anyway for my current project; I could probably make the display on the blog automatically update based on the country the entry was categorized for (maybe with a pref to turn it off for people who write about countries they're not in?)
It wouldn't take daylight savings into account, so it wouldn't be perfect, but it might be worth doing anyway.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh, and the lost socks are of course collected by the Travellerspoint Overlords. Soon they will have an unstoppable army of these, and then their nefarious plotting and conniving will have reached fruition, culminating in their takeover of the world, after which they will force everyone to take vacations for the rest of their lives!!!

But you didn't hear this from me.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 6253 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Sander,

That would be a good way to work it, but I think there would need to also be a default timezone setting which is used if no country is selected and a way to override it for those countries with multiple timezones. Would be a nice addition if it can be fit it into the schedule ;)

6. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply Peter and Sander.

Peter - I didnt want to manually change the time for this very reason but then wasnt sure if this feature was in development or in the 2-hard basket.

Sander - Thats a great idea (based on the country its categorised as)

Further and expanded ideas:
1. A drop down list of timezone differences similar to a windows/linux installation (EG. +10 Australia). The adjust would then be applied for the posting or preview.
2. Applied automatically by the backend based on country catagory (although this would need a disable function)
3. Read directly from the OS system clock / Timezone setting
4. A default setting in the User Control Panel that will apply the timezone to every blog/diary entry.

Currently, it will confuse the "chronologically advantaged" members of my family (read: old) when I post something today at 11am and it appears as yesterday 5pm. I can live without daylight saving (and quietly assume that any attempt to deploy this would be met with a stealth attempt by the Travellerspoint Overlords to steal the time (afterall, its an extra hour to play with all those socks))

If its not tooooo hard, Im sure there are others that would love this feature. Im not a programmer but Im happy to cheer u on from the sidelines if it helps.

Goooooooooo Sander!


7. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just wondering if theres any new news about this ...

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6253 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

No news I'm afraid. We're polishing off some other stuff right now - I'll see if it can be planned for once that's out of the way.

I certainly do see the benefit and it will undoubtedly happen at some point in the (hopefully not too distant) future!

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For the record, along with all the mapping goodies that went live today, we also included the update to the blogs that allows you to display the local date/time with a blog entry. The system tries to detect local time offset automatically so enabling it only requires a single mouse-click, but you can also change the offset manually if we for some reason got it wrong. (Although that'd almost always mean your system clock would be wrong, too.)

Apologies for this taking slightly longer then we might've hoped. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 29, 2006, at 7:47 AM by Sander ]