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Why did my consecutive days disappear?

I have been working hard to earn my "Fanatic Badge." My count was up to almost 60 days. Usually I visit the site (always an internal page) earlier in the day (morning EST time). However this past Saturday I didn't visit the site until later in the day, more towards 6pm. But I most certainly visited during my day.

Now my counter only shows me at two consecutive days. Disappointing! This is wrong. SO should count by my days, not some universal day.

Is there anyway to get SO to recognize the hours of my days? Who do I appeal to to get this past Saturday properly counted?

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Do you propose that they do it by time zone? That would be awfully complex. What if you moved your laptop to another time zone (as I have done a couple of times)? Would that be cheating? –  Robert Harvey May 23 '11 at 16:30
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@Robert Harvey: It's perfectly possible to accept it as a daily visit if it happens within say 32 hours. But yes, it would be more complex and prone to other bugs. @two7s: For this reason, if you want a a fanatic badge, log in morning and evening. :) –  Lennart Regebro May 23 '11 at 16:45
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Badges? BADGES?! We don't need no steenkin' BADGES! –  Adam Davis May 23 '11 at 16:47
    
    
Mea culpa, I didn't search by "fanatic-badge" just added the tag after I asked the question. Thanks for all the down votes! –  two7s_clash May 23 '11 at 17:34
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@Lennart: Exactly: to safely earn fanatic, log in roughly twice a day. If you are a fanatic, this shouldn't be a problem. :-) –  Rick Sladkey May 23 '11 at 18:06
    
Why is this guys question down-voted three times? Are we that intolerant here that you have to pound him down in votes? –  C Johnson May 23 '11 at 21:42
    
@two7s_clash: I guess you're not a true fanatic, eh? –  Mehrdad May 23 '11 at 23:16
    
@Mehrdad: you ain't seen nothing yet, bub. –  two7s_clash May 24 '11 at 0:54
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I say good for you for wanting the Fanatic badge. If you look forward to the next hundred days as days you might be able to answer another fun question, the time will go by, and before you know it, you'll have your badge. –  Rick Sladkey May 24 '11 at 0:58
    
@Rick: this is not a set back! I'm making it a point to be on here everyday participating. Glad to peel back another layer here, as it were, and delve deeper into the community. At least now I know what to expect when posting on meta; no slack! :) –  two7s_clash May 24 '11 at 1:04

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Now my counter only shows me at two consecutive days. Disappointing!

I feel your pain, but I'm afraid there's not much you can do about it now.

This is wrong. SO should count by my days, not some universal day.

As others pointed out, even if they used Javascript or by some complex calculation from your location determined your timezone, you could easily cheat if you missed a day by moving your timezone to a timezone still in that day (e.g. Baker Island, -12:00 UTC) and log in to "recover" your day.

(And before anyone suggests counter-cheating measures, realize that almost anything would negatively affect users who legally switched timezones, and then they would come on here to complain.)

Others have suggested the "day" could just be more lenient, i.e. 32 hours. But that wouldn't be 100 visits in 100 days, would it? There's a reason why the Fanatic badge is a gold badge.

There have been other attempts to get this to change with good arguments against it.

Is there anyway to get SO to recognize the hours of my days? Who do I appeal to to get this past Saturday properly counted?

As I said here, there isn't much incentive for SE developers to do anything to restore the day based on any given appeal other than site outage. It would require a manual database change based on digging through activity logs to make sure you really did visit based on some argument you are making that is actually contrary to the already-established rules.

That's a horribly time-consuming precedent to set considering how often this topic comes up.

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Wouldn't it be quite fanatic to cheat? :-) –  Lennart Regebro May 23 '11 at 18:35

Stack Exchange sites use UTC, not your local time. UTC currently ticks over at 8pm EDT. Others have complained about this before, without much movement.

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It (currently) ticks over at 20:00 EST, or 8:00 PM if you prefer that notation. Unless you're in a very different EST, in which case I shall commence once again condemning the usage of matching 3 letter abbreviations in time zones. –  Grace Note May 23 '11 at 16:35
    
@Grace: Yes. Oy. Changed. –  Michael Petrotta May 23 '11 at 16:39
    
@Grace It's so much shorter than "-4". ...wait :( –  Michael Mrozek May 23 '11 at 16:56
    
@Grace - timeanddate.com/library/abbreviations/timezones shows different time zones abbreviated to EST (each called "Eastern Standard Time"): Australian (UTC+10), Central American (UTC-5), Caribbean (UTC-5) and North American (UTC-5) [:-) –  Carlos Heuberger May 23 '11 at 18:03
    
@Carlos To my luck, none of those happen to be UTC-10. But... I s'pose condemnation has to start sometime, doesn't it? –  Grace Note May 23 '11 at 18:04

SO uses UTC for all dates. Hence at 5pm in PST, it's already tomorrow.

Do you need to use your SO time log for something that makes this critical?

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He stated why it was important - he was trying to get the Fanatic Badge (level of importance may vary, but to some, badges matter). –  Charles Boyung May 23 '11 at 16:48
    
I bet at least 50% of SO users would give up their left leg to get +10000 rep... –  JavaAndCSharp May 23 '11 at 18:33
    
Hmm, then maybe I should be offering bounties more often if it's really such a strong motivator. –  PengOne May 23 '11 at 20:04

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