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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 26, 2020, 18:54
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 26, 2020, 18:54
Aug 26, 2020, 18:54
 
Ant wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 15:25:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 15:23:
Ant wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 01:02:
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

It's funny, although I've never mentioned it, I've often thought the same thing. Doing six hour time conversions late at night hurts me brain...
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 26, 2020, 15:25
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 26, 2020, 15:25
Aug 26, 2020, 15:25
 Ant
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 15:23:
Ant wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 01:02:
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

It's funny, although I've never mentioned it, I've often thought the same thing. Doing six hour time conversions late at night hurts me brain...
Exactly except I have no brain.
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 26, 2020, 15:23
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 26, 2020, 15:23
Aug 26, 2020, 15:23
 
Ant wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 01:02:
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

It's funny, although I've never mentioned it, I've often thought the same thing. Doing six hour time conversions late at night hurts me brain.

The other day someone wrote a browser plug in that hides comments with certain keywords. It should be possible to leverage that tech to convert the time stamps, I would thing. No need for Blue and Frans to do anything.
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 25, 2020, 10:21
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 25, 2020, 10:21
Aug 25, 2020, 10:21
 
Ant wrote on Aug 24, 2020, 18:37:
Thanks Blue. So, the web site can't convert the time to show for each comment viewed?

That's about the size of it. Sorry about that.

This comment was edited on Aug 25, 2020, 12:02.
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 24, 2020, 18:37
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Re: Setting time zone for comments? Aug 24, 2020, 18:37
Aug 24, 2020, 18:37
 Ant
 
Blue wrote on Aug 24, 2020, 18:00:
Ant wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 01:02:
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

There is indeed no way to set a custom time zone for comments. After hashing through the implications, I don't think this is something that will change in the foreseeable future. Here's our reasoning:

  • The news page uses Eastern Time. It would be a larger undertaking to convert that to local times, and having the main part of the site using different times than the forums would be confusing.
  • There are over a million comments in the database. That's a big data conversion project.
  • Most significantly, this is the only time this has come up in all these years, and no one else has commented on this since you brought it up. So there doesn't seem to be a lot of demand for this. It doesn't feel like there's enough payoff for a project that would take up a large chunk of Frans' time, which is a limited resource.

Sorry to disappoint you. I hope you'll understand.
Thanks Blue. So, the web site can't convert the time to show for each comment viewed?
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Re: Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 24, 2020, 18:00
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Aug 24, 2020, 18:00
 
Ant wrote on Aug 20, 2020, 01:02:
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

There is indeed no way to set a custom time zone for comments. After hashing through the implications, I don't think this is something that will change in the foreseeable future. Here's our reasoning:

  • The news page uses Eastern Time. It would be a larger undertaking to convert that to local times, and having the main part of the site using different times than the forums would be confusing.
  • There are over a million comments in the database. That's a big data conversion project.
  • Most significantly, this is the only time this has come up in all these years, and no one else has commented on this since you brought it up. So there doesn't seem to be a lot of demand for this. It doesn't feel like there's enough payoff for a project that would take up a large chunk of Frans' time, which is a limited resource.

Sorry to disappoint you. I hope you'll understand.
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, El Presidente for Life
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Setting time zone for comments?
Aug 20, 2020, 01:02
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Setting time zone for comments? Aug 20, 2020, 01:02
Aug 20, 2020, 01:02
 Ant
 
Is it me or is there no way to set time zone for comments? At least, the stories show "ET" even though I prefer PT. My https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/user.pl?mode=modifysettings doesn't have a time zone option. I'd like to see it added if it doesn't exist.

Thank you for reading and hopefully answering.

This comment was edited on Aug 22, 2020, 15:11.
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