I guess some silent update must have recently been implemented.
Comments and identifications of other users (on observations of taxa where the location has been obscured) no longer show the timestamp (i.e. 1d ago, 1min ago, etc). Instead, they show the month that the comment was written in, with a little eye symbol, that, when hovered over, tells you that the “date [was] obscured to protect personal or organism privacy”:
I don’t understand this. The dates of these comments and identifications have nothing to do with the actual record, so why are they ‘obscured’? I think this is unintentional.
What seems intentional is that the date at which the record was observed and submitted is also obscured:
However intentional this may have been, I am still confused. The dates now only show the month and the year. Why? I don’t understand why it is beneficial to remove mention of the day of the month that the record was observed.
Obscuring (including taxon obscuring) is usually used to stop random people on the internet from coming to a private location or going somewhere to collect an endangered organism. It’s also used if you just don’t want people to know exactly where the organism was found. I can’t think of a similar reason why one would want to obscure the date. Especially the date submitted: why does that even matter? Perhaps obscuring that is also unintentional?
So why was this added? Are there people who like this feature? If so, can we make them a separate option to obscure only the date?
Please fix the comments (and date submitted?) issue, as I believe it is unintentional. If not, I will have many more questions.
Edit: This is intentional and there are many good reasons to implement this. I am no longer of the above opinion.