Having participated in several elections recently, I've been puzzled why I never seem to know when they are ending. Last week when I was a candidate I even planned my evening around being home in time for the results to come out only to discover I was a day early. For todays election I started a countdown in an election chat room. After a few hours I realized that my personal calendar event and my countdown didn't match.
It finally dawned on me why all the mixups: The StackExchange elections page can't count. Down that is. Note this screen-shot taken at UTC 17:05 when the countdown should have just crossed into the 3 hour zone:
Normal people counting down 5 time units:
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0! And we have a winner!
Stack Exchange counting down 5 time units:
4, 3, 2, 1, 0, -1! And we have a winner!
Can we get rid of the part of that where we have to wait one more unit of time (day, hour, whatever) and have the machine display maths fit for human consumption?