Timwi (timwi) wrote in suggestions,

Date/Time on new posts

Date/Time on new posts

Short, concise description of the idea
The journals show the date and time when the user started typing, not when he submitted the entry.

Full description of the idea
Currently the Update page fills the date and time using JavaScript at the time the page loads. If I take one hour to type my posting (suppose I've had dinner in the meantime, or whatever), the time displayed will be one hour off. I would suggest to either replace those date/time fields on the Update page with a drop-down list that allows you to choose your timezone and let the server determine your local time from that, or - as many users would probably prefer - add this as an extra option. In either case, a cookie should remember which option was enabled and what timezone was chosen, so the option doesn't have to be set every time.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Users can see postings with the time they were submitted.
  • Users can see postings in the order they were submitted.
  • As an addition, the timezone may be displayed as part of the date/time in the posting, which would have the additional benefit of communicating this information to friends from far away.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Honestly can't think of any.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Add a radio button and drop-down list on the Updates page
  • Add a field in the database for the timezone
  • Add the required functionality to the script ;-)
  • Tags: entry creation, entry editor, user interface, § historical
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