We have Was a question asked in the future? recurring, but more significantly. Seems it also happened last week

I see "asked in 4 hours" and "answered in 5 hours" all over the site. Is this a browser-specific bug? I'm using Chrome, latest version, on Windows 7.

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Now that the clock is back to running right, we have a number of comments and answers which carry a timestamp 5 hours too early, and hence appear out of order (and users might think the wrong answer was the earliest).

  • Related to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/98013/… ?
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 17, 2011 at 2:46
  • Here's the post in the question: stackoverflow.com/questions/6720870/… -- seems fixed now?
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 17, 2011 at 2:49
  • @Jon: I hesitate to say fixed, exactly, when all comments and answers left during the broken interval are misdated and appear out of their correct sort order.
    – Ben Voigt
    Jul 17, 2011 at 2:54
  • You're right -- I didn't notice that.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 17, 2011 at 3:01
  • Errr.... it doesn't help that one of the answerers is editing and removing/adding new comments.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 17, 2011 at 3:05
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    @Jon: Here's another example of misdated comment: stackoverflow.com/questions/6721431/… (aschepler's comment is currently dated before the question and answer)
    – Ben Voigt
    Jul 17, 2011 at 3:20
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    Perhaps the Sci-Fi site is growing too much Jul 17, 2011 at 13:54
  • @belisarius It's not our fault. It wasn't our fault. It willan not haventa forewhen bean our fault. What you saw was swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus. Move along. Sep 2, 2011 at 20:22
  • @Gilles Glad to hear that. I thought it could something weird. Sep 2, 2011 at 22:45

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The wombats in one of our servers are getting tired for an inexplicable reason causing it to lose time sync (gah!) and thus causing these issues. We are in the process of finding the defective wombat and ... taking care of them.


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