Display Post Date and number of comments in posts

Last Update: April 20, 2018

I have come across sites which leave their post dates, or the number of comments visible.

I have also come across sites which DON'T leave their post dates, or the number of comments on a particular post visible.

Does anybody find this practice makes any difference to site visitors in the least?

I know for a fact that if the post date is left there, and the post is a year or two old, or even more, this might put people off reading it, fearing they might be reading 'old news'.

What are you views, or personal experiences, on this?


James


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buffetearns Premium
Not a fan of old dates!

Wayne
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JamesJB Premium
I know...neither am I, Wayne. It does tend to put me off, big time.

James
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CarolMeador Premium
No, you probably don't remember their names! Sorry, the little imp that lives inside of me got out of control, and I just couldn't help myself!
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buffetearns Premium
Lol!

Wayne
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CarolMeador Premium
Luv 2 make U laugh!
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buffetearns Premium
It helps!

Wayne
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CarolMeador Premium
Yes, as the Reader's Digest column used to say, sometimes "Laughter Is the Best Medicine." How you doing?
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buffetearns Premium
Indeed it is, “it’s good to laugh”, just off to bed. I got around a bit today, to much sun and a little more feeling in the leg.

Good night from here!

Wayne
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CarolMeador Premium
Glad you're doing better. Take care of yourself. I know you have a lot on your plate. Sleep tight! Carol
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buffetearns Premium
Thanks Carol!

Wayne
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CarolMeador Premium
You're welcome, dear friend.
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buffetearns Premium
Ok sweety!

Wayne
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Steven-A Premium
I think it depends on the site and what you're talking about or reviewing. If it's recipes for example date doesn't matter but comments might. If it's software date and comments probably matter. If it's how to fix my dishwasher or central ac (which I've done from the net) dates and comments don't matter. So. more info is needed, what is the site about?
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JamesJB Premium
I think you're absolutely right about it depending on the site, Steven. That's right, yes, some topics do tend to became 'old' very quickly, and so something like software which has a post written a relatively long time ago, this would matter a great deal.

My site's about cats. These don't really have a 'best before date' on them, so I suppose it won't really matter in my case.

Many thanks for your input, Steven.
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CarolMeador Premium
Ballroom dancing. I don't think the content is likely to be outdated, but concerned that readers might not realize that.
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Steven-A Premium
I don't think date would matter to me on ballroom danceing but what do I know.
I was reading Adriaan Bloem's OffandOnline.net Digital, Social and Content Management blog. The dates are there on his articles and go back to 2013. And, who cares even though tech can get dated quickly his writing and content are great. I've been reading them all, even the oldest articles.

So, as usual content is king.
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CarolMeador Premium
I agree, Steven. I don't think they matter much on my site, except if someone just wanted to be critical or something. Anyone serious about learning to dance or finding dance apparel and shoes, etc. (in the works, not on paper yet!) would know that it's not time sensitive info. Carol
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Steven-A Premium
I agree
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dbriley Premium
I have been that person that is put off by old dates it makes you think it is an old post and if you respond no one will see it anyway. So good point maybe it is best not to have dates.
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buffetearns Premium
Me to!
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JamesJB Premium
Yes, and I have been that person too. I suppose that if it's a perennial subject, one that never gets old, it shouldn't really matter, but if it's something to do with SEO, I think it would.

Reason behind this is that SEO is changing from day to day, and what was brilliant practice two years ago, is no more nowadays.

Thanks for your contribution...
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CarolMeador Premium
Do any of you look at the dates when you're looking for something online? I never thought anything about it before WA.
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Nadja3 Premium
Not sure if the number of comments has any impact on visitors.
Regarding the posting dates, it can be useful. I am looking at them sometimes for planning purposes.
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JamesJB Premium
Well, I suppose if one sees the number of comments on a particular post, and these are many, one would probably think that it's a popular post and will tend to have a read. On the flip-side to this, should the comments be few, it might lead to people not even wanting to open the post to read it as 'others don't think it's interesting'.
Thanks for your input, Nadja...greatly appreciated.
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lynnsam61 Premium
I'm not sure that the date makes a huge difference but not having comments is never a good thing.
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JamesJB Premium
I think it might do so some people, and yet to others it might not. I've been on sites where they are dated from years back, and I shy away from reading them, or commenting on them.

Many thanks for your feedback, lynn
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CarolMeador Premium
Good point! I wasn't really thinking about that because I'm just starting to get them, but it does make a difference. It shows my readers that I respond to their questions, research the answers and get back to them. It is very important to me for that to be evident to develop trust.
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