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Question about Chowhound time stamps

This question is something that is not too important, but is a curiosity. Why do the timestamps on the Chowhound threads seem to change?

Here is an example: our esteemed Top Chef recapper, LindaWhit, in Boston, started a thread about the Top Chef Finale episode on Wednesday, 02/05/14 at approximately 11:30 pm EST,shortly after the episode was show on TV. I posted the first response about 15 minutes later. The timestamps now read 2:33pm and 2:45pm. Last Saturday I wrote a post on the Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito comeback at about 6:45 pm and now it is stamped 9:46am. If somebody makes a note of the fact that I referenced going to Tace Bell 'this afternoon' it won't make sense.

As I said, it's not a big deal, but why the changes? Did Chow secretly move to Sochi? (How's the borscht over there?)

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  1. Still no response re: odd time stamps, huh?

    1. Hm. Looking under the hood, the timestamps we're storing for those posts jive with what you're saying (that is, 11:33 and 11:44 that Wednesday evening for actual post times). The problem seems to be in the system that localizes those timestamps for each user. We'll look into it; apologies for the confusion in the mean time.

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      1. re: Engineering

        <--- Jiggle that wire over there. I think that's the one causing the problem. ;-)

        Thanks, Engineering. Just looked odd that I posted the recap at 2:30 the next day. My sleepy eyes the night before would definitely belie that time stamp.

        1. re: Engineering

          I wouldn't worry about it too much, all that's interesting to me are markings of '5m ago' or '1d' or '12 y'

        2. My posts show any time other than when I hit post or reply. Been like this for long while now. I think I first took notice a year ago when someone asked why I posted at 1:30am... and it was more like 7:30am the day before...

          1. There is usually a time setting in your personal setting somewhere pacific, central etc. Is when your not signed in that you notice the difference? So your preference isn't showing..

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            1. re: daislander

              Naw...that's not it. I always sign in. I have noticed posts on old threads where it appears I added posts at the wee hours of the morning when I know I was sleeping. It's 10:54 pm CST now when I am posting this. It will be interesting to see what the time stamp is in the future.

              1. re: John E.

                I'm also in the Central time zone. Your post now says 2:54 pm

                (Reply posted at 6:28 pm CST)

            2. They have NO relation to reality. I know I made this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9613... post no later than 5 AM (and probably earlier), yet the time stamp shows just before 9 PM.

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              1. re: Servorg

                your OP shows me " Jan 25, 2014 11:55 PM "

                1. re: Gastronomos

                  If you are in the Eastern time zone then my 8:55 would be your 11:55. At least that's my theory.

                    1. re: Gastronomos

                      So at least one thing about the time stamps is consistent and logical then. (g)

              2. oh John, going to Taco Bell at 9:45 AM? really? maybe a better question would be why there are specific timestamps in the first place as it's potentially embarrassing.

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                1. re: hill food

                  So now the worry is that Chowhound has teamed up with the NSA for metadata collection?

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Can you repeat that please and try to speak into the flower on my lapel.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      I would normally be happy to do so but the damn thing squirted me in the face (damn water pistil!) at least twice before (slow learner - as always) and I'm now a little "flower shy" around you.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        "water pistil"
                        Good one!

                        (and balances Engineering's "... the timestamps we're storing for those posts jive with what you're saying" -he ought have said 'jibe'.)

                        1. re: Phil Ogelos

                          No sir, our timestamps are apparently fans of swing dancing.

                          With regard to the original problem, we should have a fix out some time in the next few days. Thank you all for your patience thus far.