Since this has not been suggested before, I'd like to know the position of the community on the little badges that indicate when a post was submitted or edited (e.g. "edited Aug 1 '12 at 23:39"). Shouldn't they be displayed in the Hebrew format (e.g. "edited 14 Tammuz 5771 at 23:39"), or an option be provided to the user?
In my opinion (and others', as shown in the comments on the question), the Jewish date would be unclear to many site visitors. Arguably, one way around that is to display both the Gregorian-calendar and the Jewish dates. But I think the technical difficulties are insurmountable, or nearly:
- Date issues: The Jewish date changes at sunset, which time varies from day to day. The script that decides what date to show would need to take that into account. And then whose sunset should it use?
- Time issues: The Gregorian-calendar date — or, more precisely, the UTC date — has a well-defined time: UTC. The site currently shows "4:12" for 4:12 UTC. The Jewish date also has a well-defined time: Jerusalem solar time, used when announcing what time the molad will be each month. Unfortunately, that doesn't match anyone's clock nowadays, and seeing 4:12 and having to subtract n:23 from it to realize when a post was actually posted is, well, a pain. And a combination of Jewish date and UTC time doesn't make much sense (no one speaks of "4:12 on 5 Tamuz" and means 4:12 Greenwich time except people in the Greenwich time zone) and is ambiguous (when one sunset is later than the preceding sunset, there may be two 18:17s between the two sunsets).
And even if the above issues are surmountable, I think the effort to be put into surmounting them is not worth any benefit from having the Jewish timestamp on the site. Everything online (almost) uses the UTC or Gregorian calendar, and people are well used to it.