Suggestion for the site

March 9, 2010 at 00:33:13
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Would it be possible to have a system of knowing where or what time zone posters are located? We all seem to be on Pacific time, but for us 'over the water' it makes no sense, so I just ignore it and means that we get all out of sync with posts ( my 'posting time' will be just after midnight, whereas it's actually 8.30am here). This is becoming even more apparent as CN is getting global responses these days & it would be nice to see what area of the world we are communicating with.

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#1
March 9, 2010 at 07:13:27
Hi,

Are you talking about showing the poster's timezone to you or showing all the posts in your timezone?

Justin


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#2
March 9, 2010 at 08:11:55
The former - possibly where you currently hover over the poster it gives 'member since' and 'last active', how about a 'member's location' or 'member's timezone'. Just a thought....

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#3
March 9, 2010 at 08:42:17
Hey,

That is an interesting idea. I assume, if I did it, I should really combine it with the first idea too, wouldn't you think?

Justin


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#4
March 9, 2010 at 08:57:19
Whatever's 'easiest'. As I say, it's just an idea.

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#5
March 9, 2010 at 14:03:47
Hi,

Well, obviously, your way is easier, but I'm just not sure how useful it would be overall. I think, if I were going to do it, I would definitely do it my way. The downside is that it will take longer. I will definitely keep it on my mind for feature enhancements.

Thank you!
Justin


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#6
March 9, 2010 at 23:24:59
Fair enough.

Note time delay - now 07.24 over here....

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#7
March 10, 2010 at 21:15:47
Could always put the time zone in a signature...like this.

Skip
PST -8U


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#8
March 10, 2010 at 23:40:55
Don't think the signature idea would work - the idea is to get everyone to use it so respondees know whether a response is likely to come soon or in 12 hours or whatever. Plus a large proportion of posters don't have English as their first language so trying to get the idea across would be just about impossible.

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#9
March 10, 2010 at 23:52:14
The time a message is posted has to be in a standard time if not
PST then GMT. An alternative is another data field that has the
posters time zone and display that shows the message time in
his local time and date.

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#10
March 11, 2010 at 00:09:12
Yes, that's why I suggested adding it to the info that appears when you hover over a user's name.

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#11
March 11, 2010 at 01:07:34
Oh; I didn't say it was practical. ;-)

Most folks only know a few time zone abbreviations and hardly any know or remember military designations.

You're GMT johnr?

Skip
PST -8U


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#12
March 11, 2010 at 01:55:29
Too many time zones (24+0. In using world wide chat you get to
recognize time offsets from your time to the other person. M2 is
in SEAsia SkipCox UK. Any other person should know GMT.

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#13
March 11, 2010 at 02:37:47
Yes, GMT - England.

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#14
March 11, 2010 at 07:09:46
johnr,

Well, I agree, if the vast majority of people don't' use it, it'll be pretty worthless. However, just so you know, when I've implemented features like this before, a lot less people than you might expect have used it. Just a warning...

Justin


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#15
March 11, 2010 at 07:25:15
Well how about in the initial setup you mark it as a 'required field' at least for all new signees (is that a word?)? & then just have it as an option in the settings area of MyComputing - at least it would be a start.

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#16
March 11, 2010 at 10:59:27
Hi,

That wouldn't work...I want to make the signup process as easy as possible, so I'm not going to add more requirements, even if its just that. For a relatively minor feature, I don't want to add that.

Justin


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#17
March 11, 2010 at 13:00:53
Hey,

I have set this up in the My Computing.Net settings. If you mouse over my name, you will see my timezone. Also, if you set your timezone, the times on the forum should be accurate to that time zone. I will work on getting all the dates everyone on the forum to take your setting into account over the next few days.

Justin


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#18
March 11, 2010 at 13:10:26
Manythanks for taking it on board, I knew you could do it ;-) Takes us all back to the timezone drop-down list when installing Windoze doesn't it?

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#19
March 11, 2010 at 15:16:22
Hey,

Thanks for the suggestion. Please let me know if you see any bugs with the new system!

Justin


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#20
March 15, 2010 at 13:27:58
... Bravo !!

... errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ... bug found in driver forum and here!

http://www.computing.net/answers/dr...

... my post should be "GMT" ..... early day's (cookies cleared)

... whoops (my big mouth) sorted by my C/Net settings ... /edit

http://www.computing.net/cgi-bin/my... << click to sort (time zone)

... Bravo !!

.

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http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/62...
Grrrr... ...im


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#21
March 16, 2010 at 07:28:37
Works nice, I like!

Mattwizz3
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#22
March 16, 2010 at 08:04:08
Yes, but how come it doesn't work on Mattwizz3?

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#23
March 16, 2010 at 08:09:16
Now I suspect Justin has done something brilliant here - I'm now seeing my posts with 'real' times ie the time (according to Accurist!) is 15.09...........

Edit: go on, I'm dying to know if you have done something to show 'local' posting times or am I just missing something very obvious here?

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#24
March 17, 2010 at 09:29:51
That's sorta how these time localization systems work. You save the time/date of the message, then just adjust the time displayed by the user's timezone.

Everyone defaults to Pacific time, pretty much proving CN is based somewhere on the west coast of the US.


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