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I've entered a question yesterday and Meta StackOverflow says it was submitted 22 hours ago, and it's 15:00 on my local time, however Meta StackOverflow says the question has been asked today.

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You may like this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12635/… – Jon Seigel Apr 28 '10 at 18:22
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Any time you see in the system is not localized to your time zone, so the time when a new day starts according to the site may not necessarily be the same as when a new day starts for you.

As it says on your recent activity page (click the envelope at the top), all times listed are in UTC.

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So Stackoverflow can't say to me that the question has been asked today because saying that way is a localized answer. – Gabriel Guimarães Apr 28 '10 at 18:14
It HAS been asked today. It's not SO's fault that you use crazy moon time. – mmyers Apr 28 '10 at 18:16
@mmyers: 23/24ths of the planet are part of the Moon? – perbert Apr 28 '10 at 18:18
Have more pity for the poor guy in Tonga (near the international dateline, UTC+13) – Andrew Bolster Apr 28 '10 at 18:40
@Andrew, thank you for pointing me to that, I didn't know that UTC+13 even existed! – perbert Apr 28 '10 at 19:20
It's actually not that strange once you get used to it. We use UTC on all production systems here at my $work, which makes time calculations so much simpler, so I've gotten quite accustomed to keeping time in both UTC and my local timezone. I have even started to think of 5pm (or 4pm in the winter) as "tomorrow". :) – Ether Apr 28 '10 at 21:28
I've never found it to be a problem until you travel, in which case I keep my watch and laptop clocks on UTC, and just start thinking about lunchtime as dinner, dinner as sleeptime, sleeptime as breakfast and breakfast as lunch – Andrew Bolster Apr 29 '10 at 11:07
Lol I'm at GMT -3 – Gabriel Guimarães Apr 29 '10 at 13:45
@Gabriel: SO am I. – perbert Apr 29 '10 at 14:17

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