New simplified timestamp in message application is lacking/has rounding issue

asked 2019-08-01 16:59:26 +0300

Mohjive gravatar image

updated 2019-12-13 00:36:52 +0300

I know that you can tap a message and get the exact timestamp. This is about the default behaviour, and not having to tap a message to get valid information.

For each message in the new message applicaiton there are simplified timestamps, e.g. "1 hour ago", "3 hours ago" etc. However the resolution is lacking/has rounding error when the conversation is within the "hour" interval.

Now, at 15:50, I have two messages showing "1 hour ago", but one has timestamp at 13:58 and the other at 14:22. They are different conversations and I want to know how far apart they were (one is actually very close to 2 hours).

Another example, one message could have "59 minutes ago" and another "1 hour ago", hinting that they are close in time but actually be 1 hour apart (the latter being sent/received 1 hour 59 minutes ago).

I think that this coarse distribution is OK once you are beyond a certain timespan, say 3-4 hours. Last hour is too close in time to get rid of this resolution.

Edit: still an issue after the redesign with 3.2.1 and now it's even worse, since the simplified timestamp is also shown in the overview as well (can't remeber seeing that with 3.1.0).

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If you remove the last paragraph which makes no sense without a definition of conversation I could probably agree with you.

ljo ( 2019-08-01 18:42:14 +0300 )edit

@ljo: imo conversation: frequent, continuous exchange of messages.

I was thinking that if we have a conversation and send messages between each other every few minutes only timestamp for start of that conversation is necessary imo. If enough time passes between messages, what is a good threshold I don't know, but in the vicinity of 15-20 minutes, a new timestamp is inserted, for the new message, which indicates start of a "new" conversation.

Mohjive ( 2019-08-01 19:05:33 +0300 )edit

I hate the simplified timestamp! I'd like to switch it off, ideally systemwide.

Pohli ( 2019-08-01 22:42:07 +0300 )edit

@Pohli Yes, I hate it too. Yet another regression - Sailfish is becoming dumber and dumber.

bocephus ( 2019-12-13 07:22:39 +0300 )edit