Not a big deal, but I think it would be helpful if the thread start/first post date was included on the forum indexes, especially the active list. Like the "last post date" is shown.
4:09 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
I would like too. I have not done that because in all the tests, the display gets pretty cluttered and confusing with alot of dates (visual noise). Got any ideas?
4:27 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
One option is to show the thread age / run length in days
Currently you have latest post 4:22 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (utc 0)
How about something like: 4:22 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (utc 0) (23 days)
4:22 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (utc 0) / 23 days
4:22 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (utc 0) FP 23 days ago
4:22 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (utc 0) 23 days - 15 posts
The best answer is to make it configurable per user. Then each can decide if it is cluttered or not.
6:28 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
That's a lot of characters for a date:
4:22 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (UTC 0)
I use this:
2010-04-02 16:22 [size=1][+0000][/size]
as it is a bit shorter.
Time zone is always problematical, because certain countries need +0430 and +0930 and -0530 etc.
I hate with a passion "days old" display mode, because the information is totally meaningless when those numbers turn up in SERPs. It also makes finding something "by date" very difficult, because you need to know how many days old it was when Google last spidered the page, in order to find it.