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Stack Overflow will be down from 10 PM - 12 AM for maintenance.

is rather vague. It is always 10 PM - 12 AM somewhere (except in Iceland, where it is always simply Friday).

Should this be in UTC since that is the site's rolling day time? Or just maybe specify a timezone...

For example it is down "now" - is this the same maintenance window? Or is the site kaput? My assumption is the former, but...


Edit: well damn me if I don't have access to that menu option. So self-fixed (yee-hah). But note to team; please include the timezone ;-p

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They are usually PST, actually –  Andreas Bonini Feb 23 '10 at 6:16
    
indeed. i get the same message and... well, midnight was either an hour ago or 23 hours from now... –  quack quixote Feb 23 '10 at 6:17
    
Great!, Looks fixed now. I can see PST –  YOU Feb 23 '10 at 6:24
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Maybe change it to GMT/UTC? Why have it in PST when all of the other times are in GMT? –  Andreas Bonini Feb 23 '10 at 6:28
    
@Koper - there's a separate thread about that: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40279/… –  Marc Gravell Feb 23 '10 at 8:11
    
There wasn't when I posted my comment. –  Andreas Bonini Feb 23 '10 at 14:24
    
i love how someone has voted to close this as a duplicate of a question that was inspired by this question. –  Kip Feb 24 '10 at 15:08
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I'd actually like to see this implemented to display the time in the logged-on user's timezone if possible. I don't want to subtract (or is it add?) four hours (or is it three?) to know when you're going to be down! Making me think should be a crime!

But seriously, I'm only suggesting this because it sounds easy to do and seems convenient.

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@Changing - despite appearances that would not be easy with the current implementation. I'd settle for UTC personally ;-p –  Marc Gravell Feb 23 '10 at 8:11
    
It's funny that UTC is used fr ll the other stuff and not localized, but the site maintenance messages are not converted to UTC. –  tim Feb 23 '10 at 18:09
    
@Marc - Fair enough. I agree about settling for UTC. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 23 '10 at 19:16
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Can we start a new tag?

site-down-bored-must-post

More relevant to the question, either specifying the time as PST, or converting it to UTC would be the two best options.

You could use the World Time Clock as well.

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UTC makes just so much sense. People generally know their own local offset, but if it PST then most of the world needs to apply 2 offsets (or know the difference). –  Marc Gravell Feb 23 '10 at 6:20
    
They already added the PST to the message. –  Tyler Carter Feb 23 '10 at 6:23
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see question update ;-p –  Marc Gravell Feb 23 '10 at 6:24
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