Today I saw a question that was deleted by the "1 year without activity" roomba. Curiously, it said "asked 1 year, 3 months ago" and "deleted 4 months ago". Was it deleted too early, I wondered? No: turns out it was deleted more than 1 year after being asked. The "asked ... ago" time is being rounded down and the "deleted ... ago" is being rounded up.

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Why is the rounding inconsistent here? Tagged :-)

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Based on our current roadmap, we don't have immediate plans to work on this request. We'll revisit it at a later date and provide more details here when it has been prioritized and/or completed.

  • Fair enough :-) I did say very minor pedantic bug. Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 19:10

This bug can also lead to (apparent) time travel, resulting in questions being (apparently) closed and deleted before they were asked:

Question asked 2 months ago, closed and deleted 3 months ago

The question was asked 2021-04-20 23:43:19Z, closed 2021-04-22 06:29:22Z, and deleted 2021-04-22 17:47:42Z. However, it's described as asked 2 months ago, closed 3 months ago, and deleted 3 months ago.

Still a minor pedantic bug, but made me do a double-take here.

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