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Call for ban on "moment ago" on posts.

  1. Nov 19, 2016 #1
    It's sloppy terminology for a physics forum - I mean how long is a moment?

    First world problem I know, but still.
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2016 #2

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    < minute.
     
  4. Nov 19, 2016 #3
    Reference, citation?
     
  5. Nov 19, 2016 #4

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    Presumably you're asking me for a citation when you can do the measurement for yourself? Just pull the trigger on "post," and watch.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2016 #5
    Yeah but is < minute a technically correct unit of time moment.
     
  7. Nov 19, 2016 #6

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    Posts or changes less than one minute old are shown as "a moment ago".

    Yes.
    Edit: Sorry, I misunderstood what you were asking. I don't think the term 'moment' is defined as some exact amount. But does it even matter?
     
  8. Nov 19, 2016 #7

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    Please don't! If I put this thought to an end we will read figures in Planck units ...
     
  9. Nov 19, 2016 #8
    Good question, i will have to think about it for a moment.
     
  10. Nov 19, 2016 #9
    Plank units are too speculative.
     
  11. Nov 19, 2016 #10

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    A moment was originally a precisely defined amount of time; one fortieth of a solar hour, which was in turn a twelfth of the time between sunrise and sunset (and varied with the time of year). On average a moment was therefore about one and a half minutes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_(time)
     
  12. Nov 19, 2016 #11

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    They are as speculative as 2+2=4. They are a mathematical tool.

    I don't see the problem with "a moment ago". Xenforo does that by default.
     
  13. Nov 19, 2016 #12

    Hardly physics....can you show me a 2 in the real world?
     
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  14. Nov 19, 2016 #13

    Then Xenforo software needs an upgrade.

    Thanks for the link, interesting.
     
  15. Nov 19, 2016 #14

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    Why? Just because you don't like a phrase used there?

    You are inventing a problem that does not exist.
    Both the Planck units and 2 are mathematical concepts with applications in physics.
     
  16. Nov 19, 2016 #15
    OK I have gotten past this issue, thanks for sticking with.

    On an educational note I have learned a moment in time is a legitimate scientific quantity based on celestial mechanics via the solar hour.
     
  17. Nov 29, 2016 #16

    Mark44

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    With that eureka "moment" I am closing this silly thread.
     
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