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Do date-specific hats (such as "'Tis The Season") respect a user's timezone? I'm guessing not since the only region specific info in the profile is the Location field

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UTC... always UTC. –  ben is uǝq backwards Dec 19 '12 at 16:51
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Well the Stack Exchange knows your IP.

They know when your awake.

They know when you've been bad or good.

So be good for...

Wait I went a little of topic there...

All of the time based events on the Stack Exchange are usually based on UTC Time.

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Interesting - I could have sworn that I'd seen some behaviour that suggested otherwise (votes today, for example). I may have imagined it, though. –  ZombieSheep Dec 19 '12 at 16:56
    
I can confirm that Amanaplan is right :) –  Aarthi Dec 19 '12 at 17:02
    
@Aarthi you really know when we are sleeping?! –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Dec 19 '12 at 17:05
    
"Last visited: 6 hours ago" We can make educated guesses. :P –  Aarthi Dec 19 '12 at 17:05
    
@Aarthi - can you set a reminder to wake me at 7:30 tomorrow, please? I have a plane to catch. ;) –  ZombieSheep Dec 19 '12 at 17:07
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Accepted for being the first accurate answer, as well as for making me laugh - the obvious criteria for accepting an answer in my book. :) –  ZombieSheep Dec 19 '12 at 17:12
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As far as I've seen, all dates happen in UTC; for example, the rep cap is for one day from midnight to midnight UTC. So I'm guessing that the day specific hats would work that way as well.

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Most Stack Exchange events are based on UTC/Zulu time, just for consistency and convenience.

For this event, there are safeguards in place to account for timezone changes and spans. Don't worry -- as long as you meet the criteria, your hat should be awarded to you.

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I'm not too worried - I'm unlikely to be posting on Christmas Day anyway, but I was curious. Thanks for the clarifications. –  ZombieSheep Dec 19 '12 at 17:08
    
Incidentally, shouldn't "'Tis The Season" take a leading apostrophe since it is a contraction of "It Is"? Nitpicky, I know. :) –  ZombieSheep Dec 19 '12 at 17:10
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