tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< November 2006 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Please, what year?

Web discussion forums is often a place to find useful information. Search engine make this valuable archives only one query away from us. However, I am surprised at how many forum software still present their information badly. For example, I found this from some slashdot derived forum:

Posted by xyz on Saturday February 07, @02:02PM

It gives fairly detail posting information down to the minute. The big question is, what year is it? Why is it omitted. This is especially important for discussions on tech issues, which evolves quickly. A recommendation made 3 years ago is often irrelevant to the problem on hand today. Indeed one important Internet literacy skill is to be able to discern the relevancy of information and disregard obsoleted information.

This is not an isolated instance. I write this because I have seen this same problem crop up in multiple and varied places. The only explanation I can give is that the forum owner only focus on the present, such that the year is understood and preferably omitted. But the archive will continue to be a valuable resources 3 years, 5 years or 10 years on. In such case it is ridiculous to omit the year from the entry.

Think into the future, not just the present.

2006.11.25 [] - comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

Saudi Arabia vows to respond to oil attacks with 'necessary measures' (21 Sep 2019)

 

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: A look at the damage (21 Sep 2019)

 

UK opposition moves to fend off 'civil war' (21 Sep 2019)

 

Battle of Arnhem: Mass parachute drop marks WW2 assault (21 Sep 2019)

 

Meteor lights up parts of Australian sky (21 Sep 2019)

 

Taylor Swift cancels concert amid animal rights criticism (21 Sep 2019)

 

Prince Andrew 'was an abuser', says Epstein accuser (20 Sep 2019)

 

Jennifer Lopez revives dress behind the invention of Google Images (21 Sep 2019)

 

Yellow vest protests: Dozens of arrests in Paris (21 Sep 2019)

 

Egypt protests: Anti-government chants in Tahrir Square (21 Sep 2019)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Buick name erased from Buicks (21 Sep 2019)

 

How to navigate iPhone’s new privacy features (21 Sep 2019)

 

Facebook suspends thousands of apps over privacy concerns (20 Sep 2019)

 

Huawei emerges as stronger tech competitor (20 Sep 2019)

 

GM strike starts to pinch suppliers, Canada plants (20 Sep 2019)

 

Ship traffic, September 23 (20 Sep 2019)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2019-Sep-21 09:00