We’ve now addressed this in the new issue view!
- When the date of the action is <= 7 days ago, you’ll be able to switch between relative and absolute formats by clicking on the timestamp.
- When the date of the action is > 7 days ago, it will always show the timestamp in absolute format, as per our design guidelines.
If you don’t have the new issue view yet, you can try it out by clicking on your avatar > Personal settings then turning on New Jira issue view under Labs. For more info, check out The new Jira issue view.
Currently when relative time is being used, the only way to determine the exact time of something that's happened relatively recently is to hover over. Converting recent things to a relative time that provides less information to me and requires a hover-over to determine is pretty obnoxious for my workflow.
I would like to disable relative timing so I always just get the activity time instead of rounded relative estimates.