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Personally, I think it's a good thing because it adds an extra line to your SERP listing. I don't know if it helps CTR but my gut feeling is it may because in some cases it will cause your listing to increase from a four line listing to a five line listing.
Also other classified ads sites do not have a date stamp in the description...
A date doesn't add an extra line, it looks like this:
Domain.be > Gratis Zoekertjes Plaatsen!
9 may 2009...Belgen plaatsen hier gratis zoekertjes; Het plaatsen van een zoekertje verloopt hier gratis en eenvoudig, bovendien is succes gegarandeerd!
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There is a date stamp on the classified ad page, but on the homepage there's no stamp and there it shows a date too...
Not to worry. They're picking up the Last-Modified date from the (server) HTTP headers for the day when they last crawled the page. If you run a URL through an HTTP viewer you'll see something like this:
We still don't know exactly how the information is being used, or even if is being used for anything other than display, so your efforts to manipulate it might end up with a negative effect.
I'd say, let it be. There's likely other things more important to be worrying about.
No, because they'll just get the date from the HTTP headers.
>This would be a change on more then 200.000 pages,
Which would be a waste of time.
>will this affect my rankings?
Think of it this way: with a site like yours, what's better for users? Older pages, months old; or current, fresh pages? If Google can tell what kind of a site it is, which is more likely to get a rankings demotion or boost?