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After doing some experimentation in looping through MatrixBlockModel, it seems that even though each block has a dateUpdated property, this value is never unique to each block, but is shared between all blocks in the Entry.

{% set timeLimit = now | date_modify("-2 min") %}
{% for block in entry.blocks %}
  {% if block.dateUpdated >= timeLimit %}

    {{ block.dateUpdated | date(dtFilter) }}

  {% endif %}
{% endfor %}

If the entry has 6 blocks, and I update one of those blocks and save, the same date will output 6 times for about 2 minutes, then nothing will output.

Can anybody confirm this?

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Yes I can confirm, currently the dateUpdated property returns the same datetime object for every block model. It's actually the save date of the entry (entry.dateUpdated) that is saved to the craft_matrixblocks table in the DB.

Can't say if it's intended to work like this though.

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Thanks for confirming @carlcs. If this is the intended behavior, its a bit of a bummer because I have a use case (checking for recently-updated matrix blocks via a javascript JSON request) that is far more difficult, maybe even impossible, without a unique updated date time for each block. It's also inconsistent, because each block does have a unique date_created property. – cmal Aug 23 '14 at 19:36
@cmal the (shared) property is probably only saved to make this work: block.dateUpdated. But actually that wouldn't be necessary because you could also do: block.owner.dateUpdated. – carlcs Aug 28 '14 at 7:19
I did a feature request for this on g+. – carlcs Aug 28 '14 at 7:19
Thank you @carlcs – cmal Aug 28 '14 at 15:06

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