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this answer is in relation to other answers to avoid duplication with an extra bonus at the end I agree that The context of the story is the most important factor. You might be talking about what happened last summer and you have everything happening 11 months ago. So if you need to compare with other parts of the story then you need more precision. ...


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One plausible UX reason for this is preventing the situation where a user sees a date, fails to notice the year, and due to the proximity of month/day, assumes that the post was made within the past few days/weeks rather than (possibly many) years ago. This sort of user error can lead to embarrassing answers/comments/follow-ups on content where they're no ...


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You've caught a common bug (IME) in the implementation of these relative time/date stamps -- at a step-change in the precision you lose a lot of information due to rounding, and the rounding is always down. It's common (I assume due to a built in library) on Android apps to get "59 minutes ago" (more precise than needed) then "1 hour ago" displayed for the ...


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Not enough reputation to comment, but on many sites with this "friendly" time, you can actually hover to get the exact time. Try it over on this question's "asked" and "active" times on the right hand side.


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Imagine you’re telling a friend a story about a time you took a flying class. You want to give an idea of when the story takes place. What format should you supply the time in? Should you say “The date was 2014/12/31 and the time was 16:05:03 PST”? Of course not. The point of the story isn’t the exact time you took the class. You want to focus on ...


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This is the use of relative timestamps. In relative timestamps, accuracy isn't important, and immediacy of scanning prevails over accuracy, so things like this may happen, where you see "1 year ago" until Aug 15, 2015, where you'll see 2 years ago. There's a lot of controversy about this approach, and IMHO, it's correct that you could add something a bit ...



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