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Oct 26, 2011 08:12 PM

Time stamp off?

The time stamp on my posts were always reflective of my time zone, but lately it is two hours earlier (if I post at eight, it says that I posted at six)? What gives?

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  1. How long has this been going on? We haven't changed anything directly related to time-zone in almost a month, though there are a few other possible culprits...

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    1. re: Engineering

      I just noticed a few days ago. I can't think of anything I might have done to give the website the impression I had left Chicago, such as logging in from, I don't know, Montana, or some such place. I clear my history and do a restart every few days, my PC is showing the correct time, but the two hour lag is still there.

      It's not a huge deal by any means, it just struck me as odd. I'm mainly curious as to the why of it.

      1. re: onceadaylily

        > I'm mainly curious as to the why of it.

        As am I. This definitely isn't right; we'll keep an eye out for the cause. Thank you for the report.

        1. re: onceadaylily

          I'm in Chicago and my time stamps are correct for my local time.

          I'm not even sure how it knows which time zone I'm in; I don't see a setting for it in my profile, except that I've specified Chicago as my local board. Is that where the time zone is derived from? (If so, I wonder how it deals with boards that cross time zones, like Great Lakes...?)

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I'm assuming it's some kind of IP addy tracking. I think that's pretty standard for many of these sorts of websites these days.

      2. Just testing to see if the stamp is still off when I use the laptop.

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        1. re: onceadaylily

          And one minute later from the PC.

          ETA: The time stamp correctly reflects 12:48 and 12:49 on these posts when I am on the laptop, but shows two hours earlier on the PC, so I guess the issue is likely on my end, embedded in my PC somewhere, so I doubt there is anything more for you guys to do. Thanks for checking it out though!

          And this is officially the last time I let a kid build a computer for me.

          1. re: onceadaylily

            Is the time setting on your PC correct, or is that off too?

            1. re: nsxtasy

              The PC is showing the correct time, which is why I initially discounted the problem as being on my end. But if the laptop is posting in synch, and I'm the only one with the issue, then it must be the PC. I'll ask the kid.

        2. My time stamp is currently one hour off, I believe it has just been since the daylight savings time change. Computer time is correct.

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          1. re: L.Nightshade

            When this issue has cropped up in the past signing out of CH and then back in (after clearing out your browser cache) has usually corrected the problem.

            1. re: Servorg

              Interesting. The time showed correctly when I was logged out. Once I logged in it changed back to the incorrect time.

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                If you didn't clear out your browser cache that probably explains that problem (changing back to the wrong time when you signed back in). Try signing out, clearing the cache and then signing back in.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Yep, did all that, signed out, cleared cache, cleared history, quit browser, restarted. When I went back to CH, the time stamp was correct. Signed in and it changed to the wrong time again.

                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                    When all else fails I do the one last desperate act of the frustrated computer user. I do a hard shut down and reboot... ;-D>

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Nope, time is still off. Thanks for trying! Fortunately, it's not a problem that greatly affects my enjoyment of CH!

                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                        I assumed it would go away once I cleared the cache and restarted. Nope, still an hour off on this site on my Mac running firefox.

            2. re: L.Nightshade

              The daylight savings discrepancy is on our radar, though I don't think we noticed that timestamps were correct when not logged in. Thank you for the information.

              1. re: Engineering

                Well, oddly enough, today when I logged out and restarted, the time stamp was off. Yesterday it was definitely correct when I was logged out. Now it's incorrect either way.