There is a little bug : most dates question , comments etc..) the year is lost. As the site is now older there are questions that are 1 2 or 3 years old and we cannot tell. May be I am missreading stuff of there is a trick such as an hovering mouse ...

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    $\begingroup$ Can you give an example? The only time I notice the year not being given is when it's from this year (e.g., 2013 as I write today). $\endgroup$
    – Todd Trimble Mod
    Oct 28, 2013 at 13:28

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If an event is less than one year old from this calendar year (thanks quid!), the year is not written. I recognize that this is not a convention that is immediately unambiguous to new users. Perhaps we can add a feature request to make everything ISO 8601-compliant.

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    $\begingroup$ This is not completely true AFAIK; yet it used to be like this (at least on SO at some point and I believe on old MO too). But now it is the current year only that is not shown, as Todd Trimble says. See here mathoverflow.net/questions?page=205&sort=newest (for Dec 31st 2012 the 2012 is already written, for Jan 1st 2013 the 2013 is not written). $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Oct 28, 2013 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ I say, switch to Unix time! :-P $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Oct 29, 2013 at 8:06
  • $\begingroup$ OK understood thank you. I favor year every where for better memorization. But well.. . $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2013 at 1:18

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