I was reading the stackoverflow for some answer that would help my case and came across this comment of a user:

With current browsers (this question is dating a bit now), you can use the much simpler vw (viewport width) unit:

"this question is dating a bit now" <-- is dating here means becomening obsolete or out of date???

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Yes, that is how I would interpret it. It would be clearer to say "This question is becoming dated".

This expression is fairly non-idiomatic, but I suppose it is not carefully written. It's just a parenthetical comment on an internet forum.

  • I believe by "dating (the ing suffix)" he meant it is STARTING to become obsolete by the time he answered that. Make any sense? Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 17:47
  • I don't think there is much analysis that can be done. "It is becoming dated" would have the sense of "starting to become". I can see no particular reason to use the slightly odd phrasing of "it is dating", so I assume it is just careless writing.
    – James K
    Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 19:04

The intended meaning is probably

to determine the period of time to which something belongs : to determine the date (see date entry 2 sense 3) of
date an antique
dated the fossils to the Triassic period


So yes, the writer probably meant it in the sense of "this question is very specific to a particular time period" or "this question is out of out of date." It's a bit of a strange usage; it would be more common to say "this question is dated now."

  • I'm really curious why this answer got downvoted.
    – stangdon
    Commented Dec 17, 2022 at 18:48

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