# Discrepancy in Primary/Election stage descriptions

The sidebar description for the "Primary" phase of The Stack Overflow Moderator Election, Armadillo Edition says that ten candidates will advance to the "Election" phase:

Whereas the sidebar description for the "Election" phase says that there will be twelve entrants:

Some kind of "phase shift", perhaps? A statistical exercise involving dummy ballot choices? A duo of planted Manchurian hand-picked extra candidates?

• w00t! Ten thousand unicorn points.
– jscs
Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 0:21

Good catch - fixed and deployed.

• Heh Rebecca was faster :) Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 20:12

Thanks for reporting this - we've fixed it up.

• +1 for being 22 seconds faster than Geoff :) Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 20:13
• Thanks -- accepted Geoff's answer to help the poor guy get to 10k! :)
– jscs
Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 20:22
• @JoshCaswell - he doesn't need to get to 10K, he's got a diamond after his name ;)
– ChrisF Mod
Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 20:25
• @ChrisF: All the more reason -- the site he works on, and can't get no respect? :p
– jscs
Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 20:33
• Since Geoff was the one to actually push the change, I'll let it slide. (; Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 23:18

I think the first message is in decimal and the second is in octal.

As the old joke goes:

Why do programmers get Halloween and Christmas confused?

Because Oct31 = Dec25

Dec10=Oct12 also.

• This is a great answer, but unfortunately leads to another question (though not necessarily a bug): why is 150 rep required for the primary, but only DEC 104 (= OCT 150) for the election?
– jscs
Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 17:38
• Reputation is always measured in decimal, obviously. Moderator counts go from Decimal to Octal because of narwhals.
– JNK
Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 17:42