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Date Format In Activity Streams and Timelines


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We received in-app feedback today in relation to a recent HH notice that went out regarding the updated Activity Stream component. The feedback gave us a very low rating (1/10) :( with the comment "can we have more specific time for comments rather than about an hr ago". First of all, thank you to the customer in question for providing the feedback, we love to hear from our users and are always looking for ways to improve our users experience when using our service. I have chosen to post to the forum and respond as this question has come up before and will no doubt come up again in the future.

Firstly, did you know that if you float your mouse over the time area for half a second you will get a tooltip showing the exact date/time?

We have found that while most customers like the abbreviated dates because it makes scanning a timeline faster and easier and comprehensible as people tend to think in terms of an hour ago, yesterday etc. However, we also recognise that everyone is different and its not unreasonable that if people want to see dates/time in the more traditional format then they should be able to, so we are going to add user settings to allow individuals to set their own preference on the display of dates /times in the activity stream views.

This will be done within the next 90 days, possibly quite a lot sooner than that.

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