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Showing time elapsed for posts

by Tardis (Pilgrim)
on Mar 14, 2002 at 05:36 UTC ( #151605=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hi,

Living in Australia, I'm often struck by the uselessness of the 'date' header on most forum displays. A US time means little to me, and gives me no feedback into how new or old a post is (in the context of a single day of course).

Showing a 'how long ago' indicator on posts would be a useful feature, for posts less than say 24, or 48 hours. It could also be extended to be colour coded, for a quick visual "What's New" eyeball scan.

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Re: Showing time elapsed for posts
by Juerd (Abbot) on Mar 14, 2002 at 08:32 UTC

    A US time means little to me, and gives me no feedback into how new or old a post is (in the context of a single day of course).

    That's why you can set your timezone in your user settings. You can set it to any time zone that does mean anything to you.

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      "You can set it to any time zone that does mean anything to you.."

      <NITPICK>
      Almost true. Very close. But if I'm not misinformed, there is one timezone somewhere in the middle of Australia that has an offset of 30 minutes. (I'm sure an AussiMonk will chime in with the details.)
      </NITPICK>

      Not that this is in any way invalidates the basic information in your post. "User settings" is the way to go. ;-)


      Everything will go worng!

        There are a few places that have chosen to do this. Besides Central Australia there is also Suriname, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, and Newfoundland.

        Update: changed "New Foundland" to "Newfoundland." Thanks to demerphq
        Yep, like this AussieMonk :-)

        I suffer from the curse of the half-hour offset timezone. I'm currently dawdling along in the 4th dimension at +10.5 hours from GMT.

        It's not just my American brethren that get this wrong though. I have equipment that was made here in Australia only a couple of thousand kilometers away (Sydney) and they are too shortsighted to put in a timezone that works in the next state.

        I beleive there is a little country somewhere that has an offset that has a 45 minute component. That's rough.

        At any rate, even with the time at the top showing localtime (well, close) I still think a time elapsed is a useful thing.

      You can set it to any time zone that does mean anything to you.

      The problem is that the time info in the monastary is inconsistent, for example setting the correct timezone in the user settings displays the correct time in the selector. However to get the correct time in the node headers one needs to move eastward 5 hours.

      Does this mean that I'm about to be deported to Siberia ? ;-)

      ---
      I would like to change the world but God won't let me have the source code.
Re: Showing time elapsed for posts
by theguvnor (Chaplain) on Mar 15, 2002 at 01:26 UTC

    Regardless of being able to set your timezone in the user preferences section, I think Tardis's suggestion of colour coding by elapsed time is a fair one. Why not? It couldn't hurt (much)... and if it somehow could, make it something the user can toggle on/off in their user settings.

    ..Guv

Re: Showing time elapsed for posts
by erikharrison (Deacon) on Mar 15, 2002 at 20:33 UTC

    I'm all for it, assuming the wiser coders who maintain perlmonks and the Everything engine say it's possible. The only real problem I have is that Perlmonks is a simple, non distracting site (At least, it's simple visually). Only three colors are used in the default mode - black, white, blue and the occasional red '+'. I think that this simple design makes handling all the info that perlmonks has much easier - color coding only seems a worthwhile thing if we don't loose to much of this.

    Cheers,
    Erik
Re: Showing time elapsed for posts
by cayenne (Scribe) on Mar 14, 2002 at 22:43 UTC
    This would also be useful for those of us who don't tend to be aware of the time.
Re: Showing time elapsed for posts
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Mar 15, 2002 at 19:35 UTC
Re: Showing time elapsed for posts
by hossman (Prior) on Mar 18, 2002 at 22:04 UTC
    Perhaps there should just be a text box allowing users to enter in their offset as a number of minutes (or mathematical expression: "+10*3600+1800")

    "how long ago" or color coding doesn't sound all that usefull to me. "how long ago" because things get cached and only an absolute time will ever REALLY tell you something. color coding simply because it seems like it would get distracting. (but hey: as long as there's a check box to turn it off, who am I to complain)

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