I edited a question and then checked the Revision History. It showed this:

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The revision order is wrong and it looks like I asked the question!

Clearing the cache and reloading did not help.
Other edits I made, some just minutes earlier, show a sensible history.

Also, the second edit is hours in the future! See: Time travel on SO?

ETA: Here's a second question with the same problem.

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    I love the 'Edited in three hours' – M. Tibbits Jul 10 '11 at 4:39
  • @M. Tibbits, oddly enough the time-travel seems intermittent when I reload that page. Seconds ago, the times were back to the past, but the order and attribution was still reversed!? – Awesome Poodles Jul 10 '11 at 4:41
  • When I view the revision history you are listed as asking the question, but it doesn't show up in your Asked questions (as it shouldn't). It shows up as being asked by user802370 (as it should) – M. Tibbits Jul 10 '11 at 4:45
  • The purpose in asking was to rule out simple things like, are you four hours east of the prime merdian -- perhaps it's a date thing and not a time thing -- but being in PDT... I'll delete my comment -- feel free to delete yours. Which browser? – M. Tibbits Jul 10 '11 at 5:54
  • Firefox, in the main. Checked with Chrome, too. – Awesome Poodles Jul 10 '11 at 6:06

All of the strange Revision CreationDates have been fixed manually for Post Histories that had a creation date < the post creation date.

  • Thanks! Just for giggles, about how many were there? – Awesome Poodles Jul 11 '11 at 4:20
  • I found 6 - 5 were your edits @Brock, you must be lucky – Geoff Dalgas Jul 11 '11 at 5:07
  • I have always been "lucky" like that, but I'd guess it was more likely that I was the only one doing much editing during the off-hours when this glitch struck. – Awesome Poodles Jul 11 '11 at 21:48
  • All the answer, comment, and question timestamps were affected also. I'm not sure that manual fixes will be feasible. – Ben Voigt Jul 17 '11 at 2:57

This was the result of a time-sync issue from one of our web servers (one we still can't fully explain, possibly forgot it was in UTC (Zulu) time like the rest of our servers, briefly)...but it's corrected now and shouldn't be happening anymore.

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    But it still show the question as Asked by Brock, while it's not. – Shadow9 Jul 10 '11 at 21:30
  • @Shadow - yep, it's indeed a bug, not quite sure how we'll deal with this though - it's not a very straightforward thing to fix so we'll need to be careful in how we correct the data here. – Nick Craver Jul 11 '11 at 0:07

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