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Rob Spoor wrote:Can't you just check your system tray?
What does my system tray say about the correctness of forum code?
Your system tray is the quick way for you to test the correctness of the forum code. The slow way would be for you to wait for somebody here to agree that it would be a good thing to change the forum software so you could do the test you suggested.
I don't think that we're likely to make that change, since (as far as I know) so far nobody has complained that the forum is displaying incorrect times for them. Which sort of suggests that people are happy with the way it displays their local time, and that they don't need additional confirmation that it's working right.
Joined: May 15, 2008
Paul Clapham wrote:
Your system tray is the quick way for you to test the correctness of the forum code.
I might be slow.
My tray says 22:14.
That does not tell me anything about the forum code. (because it is independent of it).
Besides, this was a minor suggestion.
The important thing is the whole thing was implemented. I can hardly wait until all websites use something like this.
This is an interesting idea, and should be relatively easy to implement. The only downside I see is that the bottom section is already taking up a lot of real-estate. Any thoughts on wording that will allow us to have both the local and ranch time without taking up too much more space?
just out of curiosity, what would you gain if they differ from each other? How would you know if we were computing the wrong ranch time, the wrong local time, or both?
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
Joined: May 15, 2008
If by "you" you mean the person visiting the web page:
"what would you gain if they differ from each other?"
Again, assuming you mean by "they" the displayed local time and the actual local time (which the user can determine by looking at the systray or his wristwatch):
I gain the knowledge, that all times on the page are off by a certain offset (zero, ideally).
"How would you know if we were computing the wrong ranch time, the wrong local time, or both?"
For local time: see above.
For ranch time:
- what "computing" does it involve?
- I don't see why a random web visitor would care about ranch time. (not saying there is no reason, just for me it is not an important information)