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:

Primary description: "After 4 days, the top 10 candidates..."

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

Election description: "In the election phase, 12 candidates..."

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 Mar 13 '13 at 0:21

Good catch - fixed and deployed.

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    Heh Rebecca was faster :) – genesis Nov 8 '11 at 20:12

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

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    +1 for being 22 seconds faster than Geoff :) – genesis Nov 8 '11 at 20:13
  • Thanks -- accepted Geoff's answer to help the poor guy get to 10k! :) – jscs Nov 8 '11 at 20:22
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    @JoshCaswell - he doesn't need to get to 10K, he's got a diamond after his name ;) – ChrisF Nov 8 '11 at 20:25
  • @ChrisF: All the more reason -- the site he works on, and can't get no respect? :p – jscs Nov 8 '11 at 20:33
  • Since Geoff was the one to actually push the change, I'll let it slide. (; – Rebecca Chernoff Nov 8 '11 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.

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  • 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 Nov 8 '11 at 17:38
  • Reputation is always measured in decimal, obviously. Moderator counts go from Decimal to Octal because of narwhals. – JNK Nov 8 '11 at 17:42

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