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Excessive dates in WordPress; or, who was blogging in 1970?

If you have a WordPress blog with at least one post on it, try this:

  1. Go to the statistics page of your blog. That is described in WordPress help here.
  2. At the top of the page, make sure “insights” is selected.
  3. Click on the little histogram/bar chart icon to the far right of “latest post summary”.
  4. Scroll down and notice the ridiculous starting date of the matrix: 1970!

This is, I am almost certain, on account of a certain common epoch starting on January 1, 1970. However, I really don’t know why WordPress should display that far back. It would clean the page up and shorten it considerably if they started at, say, 2000. Alternately, 2003 was the year WordPress (the software) was started, so there should be no hits on any WP site before then.

Am I missing something? It seems a little too obvious, making me think that I have overlooked an obvious reason for keeping it.