I'd like postings (and ideally comments) to show date and time instead of '5 hours ago' or '10 days ago'. I've looked for a settings page without success, and also done various searches on the help page. Surely this must be possible somehow?

Thanks in advance

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    Hover over the 5 hours ago and you'll see
    – percusse
    Jul 18, 2014 at 23:07
  • Thanks a lot. Any way to set the time zone, or to make it visible without hovering? (I tend to avoid using the mouse if I can.) Jul 18, 2014 at 23:09
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    I really don't know anything about that. I found it by accident too :)
    – percusse
    Jul 19, 2014 at 6:37
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    You may be interested in Display absolute timestamps (in local time), a userscript on StackApps. Jul 19, 2014 at 21:07

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There is no option on the site to enable this functionality. However, you can do this using userscripts. On Google Chrome, I use Tampermonkey to install and manage userscripts. Firefox users can use Greasemonkey, and there are equivalents for most modern browsers.

The userscript to use is found on StackApps: Display absolute timestamps (in local time). The hosting link is down, but the author, Kip, has posted the code. This may be copied and pasted into a new userscript in a userscript manager of your choice.

Here is a look at the differences in the display with/without the script running:

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