When a visitor is reading a blog post, should the 'posted' date/time displayed at the top or bottom of the article be based on the author's timezone, or the visitor's timezone?

This question isn't specific to any blog platform/tool, but rather a best-practices type of question.

  • The time zone of the computer that runs the website. – closetnoc Dec 15 '17 at 2:36
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    As long as the timezone is displayed, I do not think it matter. The problem is that timestamps are too often forgotten at all and where there are here they have no timezone. It also depends on the content: for article long in the past, precise time may not be very relevant anymore, a date can be enough. – Patrick Mevzek Dec 15 '17 at 4:00
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    This site sidesteps the problem by using relative times. Rather than saying "answered Dec 11, 2017 at 10:15 AM GMT" it says "answered 4 days ago". – Stephen Ostermiller Dec 15 '17 at 11:35
  • @StephenOstermiller Not quite, even sites that display a relative date/time (days/weeks/months/etc. ago) often still display the actual date/time when you hover over it. So there's really no sidestepping it... ;-) – BWPanda Dec 18 '17 at 0:10

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