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A recently migrated question showed the following log:

  • migrated to meta.stackoverflow.com 43 secs ago
  • locked by Community♦ 42 secs ago
  • closed as belongs on meta.stackoverflow.com by zombat, cletus, Thomas Owens, Reed Copsey, bdonlan 43 secs ago

How was it locked before it was closed?

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is this a serious question –  Ian Elliott Aug 6 '09 at 17:00
    
@Barak, well, it's a bug, anyway. It's not a very severe bug, but reporting a non-severe bug at least makes a note of it somewhere, in case it turns out to be more severe than initially expected. I don't really care if it's fixed, in other words, but it should be known. –  bdonlan Aug 6 '09 at 17:02
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The key word you overlooked is "ago". –  gnostradamus Aug 6 '09 at 17:09
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I think it's funny that you're reporting a minor timing issue when the post in question has a much larger bug - it was migrated twice. –  Kyle Cronin Aug 6 '09 at 17:12
    
temporal paradox... wow –  jmfsg Aug 6 '09 at 18:33

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There have been errors where the clocks on the database server and web server aren't exactly in sync, leading to issues where something was posted "-3 seconds ago", so this could be something like that.

Also, look at the times - it was locked 42 seconds ago, but the rest happened 1 second earlier, at 43 seconds ago. So it was really locked after the post was closed and migrated. This is corroborated by the revision history:

Post Locked by Community♦ occurred 6 mins ago

Post Migrated to meta.stackoverflow.com by zombat, cletus, Thomas Owens, Reed Copsey, bdonlan occurred 6 mins ago

Post Closed as "belongs on meta.stackoverflow.com" by zombat, cletus, Thomas Owens, Reed Copsey, bdonlan occurred 6 mins ago

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Doh. Misread the times. That would do it :) –  bdonlan Aug 6 '09 at 17:23
    
there shouldn't be time sync issues any more, see serverfault.com/questions/1406/… –  Jeff Atwood Aug 7 '09 at 8:56

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