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We have Was a question asked in the future? recurring, but more significantly. Seems it also happened last week

I see "asked in 4 hours" and "answered in 5 hours" all over the site. Is this a browser-specific bug? I'm using Chrome, latest version, on Windows 7.

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Now that the clock is back to running right, we have a number of comments and answers which carry a timestamp 5 hours too early, and hence appear out of order (and users might think the wrong answer was the earliest).

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same thing here... Firefox on MacOS X... seems quite universal ;-) – Jonas Heidelberg Jul 17 '11 at 2:31
Well, it seems like it's NOT happening on meta at least. If it did, I think the internet would explode. – Ben Voigt Jul 17 '11 at 2:32
lol, I was posting this right where you were. Your question wins. – Zabba Jul 17 '11 at 2:32
Related to… ? – Jon Seigel Jul 17 '11 at 2:46
Here's the post in the question:… -- seems fixed now? – Jon Seigel Jul 17 '11 at 2:49
@Jon: I hesitate to say fixed, exactly, when all comments and answers left during the broken interval are misdated and appear out of their correct sort order. – Ben Voigt Jul 17 '11 at 2:54
You're right -- I didn't notice that. – Jon Seigel Jul 17 '11 at 3:01
Errr.... it doesn't help that one of the answerers is editing and removing/adding new comments. – Jon Seigel Jul 17 '11 at 3:05
@Jon: Here's another example of misdated comment:… (aschepler's comment is currently dated before the question and answer) – Ben Voigt Jul 17 '11 at 3:20
Perhaps the Sci-Fi site is growing too much – Dr. belisarius Jul 17 '11 at 13:54
@belisarius It's not our fault. It wasn't our fault. It willan not haventa forewhen bean our fault. What you saw was swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus. Move along. – Gilles Sep 2 '11 at 20:22
@Gilles Glad to hear that. I thought it could something weird. – Dr. belisarius Sep 2 '11 at 22:45
up vote 8 down vote accepted

The wombats in one of our servers are getting tired for an inexplicable reason causing it to lose time sync (gah!) and thus causing these issues. We are in the process of finding the defective wombat and ... taking care of them.

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Should have hired unicorns to maintain time synchronization. – Adam Davis Jul 19 '11 at 15:48
Or at least upgraded to a higher-level marsupial, like a Wallaby! – JNK Jul 19 '11 at 15:52
Wombats, huh? Decoded version of Zypher's subliminal message: "blame waffles." – Pops Jul 19 '11 at 16:04
Unicorns run our code, hamsters our network, and wombats our servers ... OBVIOUSLY – Zypher Jul 19 '11 at 16:36
@Zypher See, you've got it all wrong. You should have the hamsters on the servers, wombats running the code, and unicorns on the network. If you don't believe me, ask the experts on serverfault. They'll set you straight. – Adam Davis Jul 19 '11 at 22:34
Do wombats wear hats at night? – Shadow Wizard Dec 23 '13 at 13:32

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