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Time Stamp On Post

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Shrink, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors demi-god


    Each post shows a time stamp.

    My question is this: is the time shown on the post the time at the location of the poster, e.g. Spain or China, or is the time shown always US time?
  2. simsaladimbamba, Nov 2, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
    It is the time of the poster's time zone. I reside in Berlin, which uses CET and my posts have those times.

    It is the member's set timezone, that gets displayed.

  3. macrumors 601


    You can set the time zone for the whole forum. I set mine to my local time so I know relatively when posts were made.

    Time isn't a 'place' per sé anyway, it's usually GMT + timezone difference.
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    It's showing whatever time zone you set so if you post at 7:52 AM on the east coast then the CA people will see it as 4:52 AM, for example.
  5. Shrink, Nov 2, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011

    macrumors demi-god


    I'm assuming that the poster's time (in Germany) shows up as the same time in the US. That is, if you post at 10:00 in Germany, it will say 10:00 on your post here in the US.

    My Option is set yo "GMT-5, Eastern US..." . So if you post at 10:00 in Germany, It won't correct and make the time on the post US time, but will show me that you posted at 10:00 Germany time. My email shows the time it arrived in US time, Not the time of the person who emailed in UK.

    Sorry to be so dumb,,,:eek:
  6. macrumors 604


    I'm not sure what you're asking here, but hopefully this answers your question:

    Every post is technically "recorded" in UTC time. What you see is that recorded time with the appropriate formula applied, and that formula is based on your location and time settings.

    Since you're in Germany, a post made at 10:00 Berlin time would be 9:00 UTC time. For every other person who sees that post, 9:00 UTC is adjusted to correspond to their local time. In my case that means UTC-7 because I'm on the Pacific coast. Thus, your 10:00 post will display as 2:00 to me (9-7) or as 5:00 to someone on the Atlantic coast.

    This is the same way email works. All emails are stamped with their UTC time first, and then adjusted to when they arrive locally.

    I hope that answers your question.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    It's actually the time in the reader's selected time zone, as set in the options, not the poster's.
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Got it, CalBoy!:D

    Thanks for your time,folks. :)
  9. #9
    Yeah, I meant member actually. Because an unregistered reader will see posts in Quebec time.

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