(These are just suggestions to think of; eventual applications need more discussions, particularly §2)
1) Stop using "Today" and "Yesterday".
Example: this post is dated "Today, 21:49". So I can't know what day it was posted - unless I do a Refresh, which was otherwise unnecessary. In addition, that date will change - which again is unnecessary.
We should remember that names as "Today" or "Yesterday" are relative to the time when the phrase is pronounced; those relative names are OK in live spoken talks (in your home for instance - not on TV!), where that spoken time is obvious; they are not when the phrase is persistent, as is in written material; you never see a book "printed last month", you see "printed Feb 2005".
On TV, and now on the internet, some failed to realize that the materials, while immediate as are phrases pronounced in family live talks, are persistent (TV can always have been registered and later broadcast, with no way for you to know), which requires the dates and times issued absolute and complete (too bad most TV and media channels ignore this!).
On the Internet the problem is increased by some young programmers too happy to show they are able to program things as "Today" and "Yesterday".
2) Use a unique TZ for everyone.
When I want to point to a previous post, how do I tell its time,to help readers to find it? There is no convenient way, since the time is displayed to each user in his particular preference. At least when the post to point is mine, I can as I did in that post; convenient for me, but already inconvenient for readers, who (most often) have different TZ.
This is about the same problem as in physically meeting: when you go from Paris to N.Y. and meet other people there, you adapt your clock to the local time, you don't say "at 20 hours 30 GMT + 2", you say "at 14 hours 30" (or "at 2 hours 30 pm").
Then may be we should think of displaying the time to everyone the same way, in particular in the same TZ, which would be the local time of the forum; people like me would just have to change time, but first this woud be easy, second this would touch just of part of us all (In addition, this would recall where the forum is located, which is more friendly! BTW, thanks gain for the friendly welcome to new users a me a few days ago).
Paris, Mon 28 Mar 2005 21:22:20 +0200