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Consider this thread, which the OP has belatedly marked as answered:
- All timestamps are displayed as "November 2019".
- The "accepted answers" are displayed immediately after the question, and not repeated where they originally occurred.
Firstly, this makes it completely impossible to reconstruct a contextual timeline of the discussion.
Secondly, the notion that showing the "correct" answer immediately after the original question is helpful to later viewers is fundamentally flawed:
- The OP may mark an incorrect or irrelevant post as the answer.
- The solution may have been arrived at after 6 pages of follow-up questions and discussions by combining contributions from several users, with not all of the relevant posts marked as answers. A reader may realise that that the "answer" is incomplete and start working their way through the thread, only to find that the salient points are split across page 1 and page 6 and not simultaneously visible.
To avoid these frustrations, thread contents must show all posts in the original chronological order, with timestamps shown as dates (year, month, day) and times (hour. minute) not approximated to "November 2019" or "October 10".