Do date-specific hats (such as "'Tis The Season") respect a user's timezone? I'm guessing not since the only region specific info in the profile is the Location field


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Well the Stack Exchange knows your IP.

They know when your awake.

They know when you've been bad or good.

So be good for...

Wait I went a little of topic there...

All of the time based events on the Stack Exchange are usually based on UTC Time.

  • Interesting - I could have sworn that I'd seen some behaviour that suggested otherwise (votes today, for example). I may have imagined it, though. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 16:56
  • I can confirm that Amanaplan is right :)
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:02
  • @Aarthi you really know when we are sleeping?!
    – Naftali
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:05
  • "Last visited: 6 hours ago" We can make educated guesses. :P
    – Aarthi
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:05
  • @Aarthi - can you set a reminder to wake me at 7:30 tomorrow, please? I have a plane to catch. ;) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:07
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    Accepted for being the first accurate answer, as well as for making me laugh - the obvious criteria for accepting an answer in my book. :) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:12

Most Stack Exchange events are based on UTC/Zulu time, just for consistency and convenience.

For this event, there are safeguards in place to account for timezone changes and spans. Don't worry -- as long as you meet the criteria, your hat should be awarded to you.

  • I'm not too worried - I'm unlikely to be posting on Christmas Day anyway, but I was curious. Thanks for the clarifications. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:08
  • Incidentally, shouldn't "'Tis The Season" take a leading apostrophe since it is a contraction of "It Is"? Nitpicky, I know. :) Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:10

As far as I've seen, all dates happen in UTC; for example, the rep cap is for one day from midnight to midnight UTC. So I'm guessing that the day specific hats would work that way as well.

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