full date stamp on mobile website April 1, 2013 6:48 PM   Subscribe

I think this implementation might not be working on the mobile site.

At least, it doesn't show up for me on Opera on an Android (4.0) phone. Would it be possible to consider implementing it? If anything, on the mobile site, the year can be more difficult to discern if you are linked mid-thread from somewhere else, as you can't scroll up and back as quickly.

Not a big deal, but it's a pretty nice thing. I did wonder for awhile how I missed a pretty cool discussion on Atari 2600 hardware from last month (turns out it was 2011).
posted by SpacemanStix to Feature Requests at 6:48 PM (15 comments total)

Currently on the site if you see a year in a comment timestamp, the comment was not made in the current year. If you don't see a year, the comment was made within the current year.

So for example, all of the comments in the MetaTalk thread you linked to include the year 2008. The comments in this thread don't. (Until 2014, at least.)
posted by pb (staff) at 6:54 PM on April 1, 2013

Ok, more information. It seems to display correctly on MetaTalk, but on old MetaFilter threads (before this year), it doesn't give the full time stamp, at least on my phone. It's also a different form of the date (for example "12/5," with no year). Android tablet works fine, but it's not the mobile version of the site.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:09 PM on April 1, 2013

Is this on Opera Mini or Opera Mobile? I couldn't tell the difference between the two and downloaded them both on my android phone. I only see month/day even on old threads.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:23 PM on April 1, 2013

Opera Mobile. If I go to the mobile version on Chrome, though (on Android), it seems to do the same thing (month/day with no year on old threads).
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:30 PM on April 1, 2013

yeah, odd, looks like we were setting the date format as m/d on MeFi only for mobile browsers. I'm not sure why, but in any case, it's set to use the standard date format now. So you should be seeing years in older threads in the mobile version now. Thanks for letting us know.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:38 PM on April 1, 2013

And thanks for the fix!
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:44 PM on April 1, 2013

Oh, and I did see the awkward bug where the hours aren't shown on Opera Mobile for Android.

Below a thread title on a thread page, it just says :20PM instead of say 11:20PM. No idea why, it's incredibly strange.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:05 PM on April 1, 2013

Yeah, that is the craziest thing. I have no idea why Opera does that.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:44 PM on April 1, 2013

FWIW, I have always found it mildly confusing and inconsistent that MeFi dosplays the year at some times but not others. I realize that this is probably a personal problem, but it disrupts my sense of order.
posted by Scientist at 9:01 AM on April 2, 2013

There used to be no year at all, except at the top of each thread. That could be confusing at times, if you jumped in mid-thread from somewhere.

If I understand correctly, having only prior years identified on the time stamp is a concession that still reduces the amount of datajunk on the current year.
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:07 AM on April 2, 2013

Now I need to add another special case to the scraper.
posted by jjwiseman at 1:04 PM on April 2, 2013

Just chiming in to say that this was effecting me inconsistently on iOS 6.1.2 in safari.

Some old threads i load i just get 5/14 or whatever even if they're from 2004, some threads from 2008 for example however have the year. I've a/b'd this and i just wrote it off assuming y'all had changed how you were storing or displaying that info over the years, and never just normalized it through the ridiculous amount of old data.

It actually really confused me because it didn't always do it, not even on the blue.

I'll be interested to see if i still randomly don't see years places, or if this fixes it...
posted by emptythought at 3:42 AM on April 3, 2013

Sure. If you see any problems, please send us the URL where you see the problem along with the browser/OS you were using when you saw it.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:44 AM on April 3, 2013

Oh, and I did see the awkward bug where the hours aren't shown on Opera Mobile for Android.

I have some more information about this. It's an Opera Mobile bug. To be helpful, Opera Mobile tries to detect telephone numbers on a page and turn them into links you can click to call that number. It's helpful if you're, say, at a restaurant website and want to call that restaurant right now.

It's not as helpful when Opera sees "2013 10" and tries to turn it into a link. And especially not helpful when instead of turning it into a link it makes those number vanish.

Anyway, you can disable this feature in the browser settings. Type opera:config into the Opera Mobile address bar, click Go. Scroll down to User Prefs, expand. Look for the preference Convert phone numbers to tel: links and uncheck it. Scroll, scroll, scroll to the bottom and click Save. That will fix the mystery missing time.

Mobile Safari on the iPhone provides an option that lets site owners disable that feature on their pages with a meta tag. Opera Mobile doesn't have that option yet.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:24 PM on April 4, 2013

On second thought, we made some changes on this end so you don't have to disable that feature. Thread times should be showing up in Opera Mobile now.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:05 PM on April 4, 2013

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