What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 150 Stack Exchange communities.

Note to Robert Cartaino: don't look at your Data Explorer profile on your birthday. :)


alt text

Stack Overflow:

alt text

Data Explorer:

alt text

UPDATE: The systems are now showing the correct age. I'm assuming that Jeff made it so that it rolls over at 12:00, as that would be the average time you were born on your birth date. Which is true for everyone, and yet true for no one, especially in practice.

share|improve this question
(Waiting for Jeff to put [status-bydesign], claiming that everyone was born at 23:59:59 on their day of birth.) – Jon Seigel Jun 25 '10 at 1:26
If Data Explorer makes you a year older than the others, shouldn't your title read: "...Data Explorer hates me"? – Robert Cartaino Jun 25 '10 at 1:31
@Robert: I'm in the minority, I guess, as I don't really care about my age in absolute terms (maybe I'm too young for that ;) ); but I would like the system to show the correct age (which is 27, in case that wasn't clear). – Jon Seigel Jun 25 '10 at 1:39
@Jon Seigel: In about 3 years, you'll come back and vote up my comment <grin>. – Robert Cartaino Jun 25 '10 at 1:41
Hey, its my birthday too: odata.stackexchange.com/users/1 , stackoverflow.com/users/17174/sam-saffron :) – waffles Jun 25 '10 at 2:06
You know the correct behavior would be to ask you for your GMT birth minute, then we could really show your age properly... <me>scratching my head</me> is it really my birthday in the USA now or not ? very confused – waffles Jun 25 '10 at 2:09
May be system should allow adding our birthday as unix epoch date? – YOU Jun 25 '10 at 2:22
@waffles: Happy birthday! It's actually not quite the 25th here (~1.5 hours to go), but it is on SOST (Stack Overflow Standard Time). – Jon Seigel Jun 25 '10 at 2:25
@S.Mark: with microsecond resolution :-P – David Z Jun 25 '10 at 5:55
Its always your birthday in Iceland. – Tim Post Jun 25 '10 at 7:14
Happy birthday! :) – Daniel Daranas Jun 25 '10 at 7:24
Happy Birthday Jon Seigel, and waffles – YOU Jun 25 '10 at 10:48
Happy birthday~ – Grace Note Jun 25 '10 at 14:29
Thanks, everyone! – Jon Seigel Jun 25 '10 at 15:02
@devinb - are you suggesting that only one user has a birthday? – user27414 Aug 11 '10 at 18:29

2 Answers 2

I imagine the problem is that none of the sites know what time you were born, they only know the day. So, everyone was born at 00:00:00. The inconsistency between sites would almost certainly reflect the differing timezones of the respective servers.

share|improve this answer
No, I took the screenshots right after GMT rolled over on SO. Now that it's gone past 12:00, it's showing the correct age, so possibly Jeff set it up to "an average time" on the day of birth. – Jon Seigel Jun 25 '10 at 12:29
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The age field rolls over at noon (Stack Overflow Standard Time) on your birthday.

Since this will only annoy me once/year, I'll let it go as [status-bydesign].

Also, I request that I be allowed to sleep in until noon on my birthday no matter what.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .