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I posted a meta question a couple weeks back about receiving notifications sporadically or not at all from forum activity. I think I may have moved a step closer to the problem origin:

This morning I received an email saying there were 3 answers to a question I posted yesterday, even though the question and the 3 answers were posted 5 days ago. But the notification system is not the problem: when I visited the web site to view the question and the answers they all claim they were posted yesterday, which is flatly false!!

So sometimes questions and answers do not get fully "registered" in some sense; when they finally do, that changes their datestamp and that is when a notification goes out.

(For reference, my previous question is available here.)

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Can you point us to the question that indicates that all the answers were posted yesterday, but you're sure that they were posted earlier? –  Kyle Cronin Aug 12 '09 at 18:23

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The system randomly bumps questions to the home page. I assume this is one of them and in the database it is to the date and time of the bump. Possibly the e-mail being sent is looking at the wrong date, since the questions displayes the original post date.

Edit: As per Jeff - The system will only bump questions without an accepted answer. Edit: As per mmeyrs - The system will only bump questions without an upvoted answer.

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randomly bumps unanswered questions, you mean –  Jeff Atwood Aug 13 '09 at 17:58
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The system will only bump questions without an upvoted answer, you mean. –  mmyers Aug 13 '09 at 19:57
    
While I maintain there is a problem with the email, that was the subject of my previous question (see link above). This question is focused on the fact that both a question and all its answers show a creation date on the web page that is several days after they were actually created. –  Michael Sorens Aug 14 '09 at 15:05

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