Time posted

Started by Private User on Monday, September 13, 2010


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Private User
9/13/2010 at 3:57 PM

One thing that baffled me many times is the time issue.
From what I guessed, and later read somewhere, Geni is located in California, and all the time posts are Pacific time.
It would make it more clearly understood if the times shown would be LOCAL TIMES for users all over the world.
Any thoughts?

Private User
9/13/2010 at 4:56 PM

Much like a computer, you set the preferences for your local time so if you send emails and so forth, the time relates - A server works much in the same manner, local time for it's location.
Though if you look at your discussion post they are accurate within your time, only the following day, may the differ in you recent activity on the overview.

Geni has promised to deal with this in the future.

Private User
9/14/2010 at 7:39 AM

In what form - Expansion? Multiple servers across coasts, borders and countries? I 'm just toying around here, my brother. I think I answered appropriately, Just understanding a location is truly what matters then one can compute how that applies to them.

What I've noticed and is of more importance is the time of the back-ups. I think there has been a change in that time structure, where things may take a while to hit the homepage - While I don't have the new timing down yet.. Being a poor sleeper allows one to capture time schedules and so forth but from what I see throughout the entire day, it has improved.

So far, for now it seems the delay happens anywhere between 3 and 7 in the morning Eastern Time where before it was or seemed to be between 6 and 10 E.T. Ether way when it comes down to time, unless it states the location of any input then it just becomes more confusing in either case when communicating across timezones particularly in the public arena, if you expect a reply, I suggest you factor in where the other party is located.

9/14/2010 at 11:02 AM

In general we store timestamps according to what's on the clock in California when something happens. We need to do a better job in at least three areas:

1. Making sure that every time you see has been adjusted to your timezone. For example, the timestamps in the guestbook on your profile are adjusted but the timestamps on these discussion messages are not.

2. Sending birthday/anniversary reminders in accordance with local time. It won't scale to try to do this based on the recipient's timezone but we don't track timezones on unclaimed profiles so we have a bit of work to figure this out.

3. Formatting dates according to your preference (we've started this in the tree but will be doing more soon) -- we're unlikely to try to force a preference based on your timezone or language choice, though; you'll have to set this separately.

Private User
9/15/2010 at 1:49 AM

Sounds like work in progress - Any progress I would say is good. Tweaking and specking out revisions and modifications are a burdensome task - I understand this all to well.

Appreciate the interaction - You sure do make the rounds.. Later.

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