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When is "yesterday" on SCN?

It's 11:50 am currently, so why "22 hours ago" is not "yesterday"? In what time zone is SCN and when does "yesterday" start (or rather end) there?

I'm utterly confused by these new timestamps... Can we just have the old ones back?

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  • Dec 07, 2016 at 07:30 PM

    In the new SCN it does not matter much what is your timezone. Here is what I see for the most recent question:

    Inspect element reveals that the site assumes that now it is Dec 7, 7:13 PM. Where I live at that time, it was Dec 7, 09:13 PM (I am logged on, but the script does not care about me). This means that yesterday text starts appearing at what the site assumes to be Dec 6, 2016 7:13:45 PM.

    Is it logical? To some developers, probably yes.

    Does it make sense from design perspective or from user point of view? No.

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    • I just wasted a bunch of time using various search methods to locate a thread or cc discussion where I am convinced that I commented on this whole 'Yesterday' and "hour ago" concept...

      I would also be quite happy with a local time zone adjusted full timestamp and get rid of all the 'ish' wording. I'm ok with minutes ago and hours ago, but beyond a reasonable threshold of something like 8 hours, who really cares - just show the date and time (and keep it chronological). Unfortunately in today's world of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites, isn't what we have more like the normal approach, where relevance of 'when' and scrolling seem to be endless?

  • Dec 07, 2016 at 07:59 PM

    when I go back my activity stream, which is unfortunately not seldom as I can only see rejected content in my activity stream, then yesterday starts beyond the 24th hour no matter if that is in the middle of the day or in the morning or evening.

    I always wanted a clear date and time instead of this nonsense. And for that reason I voted on the idea:

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  • Dec 08, 2016 at 07:22 PM

    OK, I believe there could be a simple solution - change "yesterday" to "a day ago", like it already is in the "Notification" stream. It makes more sense IMHO as it just translates to "over 24 hours".

    @Jeremy - I'm afraid you're right and "relative" time is becoming new normal. At least we can see the exact date/time after a few days, instead of "Long time ago". :)

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