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Specifying the timezone directly in the timestamp is neither good nor bad practice. The answer to your question has more to do with your user experience than any documentation or timestamp formatting. You stated one or more of your users requested the timezone be added to your timestamps. This would imply your timestamps are currently ambiguous, which is ...
I do not agree a spiner is the fastest way. It may be fast for birthdays if you are young enough or if the date is near the default... But i hate that scrolling, it takes much longer than 3 fields and a numeric keyboard. What is faster: scrolling up to 30 days, scrolling up to 11 months and scrolling 42 years OR just type 8 numeric values?
I agree with the octern that it depends on whether choosing a future date is helpful or not... An example of how this is done today is how Google Analytics shows their date picker. Since there is no valid state for a report of the future they gray out the content:
It depends on the other timestamps you display on your site/app. However, timestamps are almost always used to compare events relatively in a single timeline, so in almost always, it's better to stick to one timezone. Give the user an option to select their timestamp. Always load the user-selected time zone, and convert all timestamps to that timestamp. ...
Last Seen is used to show how active this person is, in sites like Stack Exchange it makes sense, if im browsing a user account its usually in order to have an insight of how active this user is, and/or whether the user is reliable or not. For social networks if you dont see when was i last online i am likely to be more active. In Social Networks it will ...
It’s indeed an unnecessary extra step to manually calculate the age (a number, often floored) from a birth date (a 3-tuple), but you may be able to save the user another step, because all they need to know (from privacy and discriminatory POVs as well) is whether the candidate has turned 18 by a certain date. That‘s a Boolean value with just 2 states, true ...
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