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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:08 am 
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Happened to notice this (not sure if everyone is aware, you have to manually set your DST to be active, otherwise the time and timestamps will be an hour off as of 3/12/2017 @ 2am.
And in October, you have to turn Summer/DST off in User control panel, so timestamps and site time will show correctly.)

However, this post is about the time displayed by the site.
Currently, it's 9am. My computer is set by the internet clock...so it's accurate down to milliseconds..

But the site is showing it to be 7:03am.

DST is on for me, but it only changed my clock from 6:03am to 7:03am.

It appears as though the site's time is off by 2hrs and 5mins.

At 9:02am it says the time here is 7:07am.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:11 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:10 pm 
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I had not noticed this until now. Leave it to our BETA tester to catch it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:28 pm 
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The hour settings must be relate to time zone or DST issues; the minute differences, I suspect, relate to 'caching'. It takes time for full pages to be delivered to nodes in the chain of communication, between central servers, to regional servers, to ISPs, and then to users. So there are systems at each level that store images and other content, identified by an alphanumerical code-- so that stored content is delivered rather than loading a new file. The collection of information is called a 'cache', and there are caches at the site that stores the page, at the CDN (content delivery network) that I use to store content at nodes throughout the world so that they get to the next stage more quickly, and more caches on each individual browser on user's computers. There are also caches within the workings of the program that runs the forum-- a program called phpBB--that are stored at each of the other levels as well.

I have control over some of those caches. I can clear the ones at the CDN, and in the phpBB program. I can also change settings so that user's browsers load a fresh page every time they visit, rather than cache the pages.

But I choose to cache to a moderate degree, as that provides a smoother and faster user experience. The downside of caching is that you will occasionally get a page that is a few minutes old. The dynamic content-- i.e. the posts, titles, and other things that change minute by minute-- are not generally cached. But timestamped pages may get stored for a few minutes at some level, so that you see a time that is a bit delayed. Basically a page was 'timestamped' and then that page sat in the system for a few minutes, before it was replaced with a fresh version of the page.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:23 pm 
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Being in Mountain time, I have never relied on what the time is on the forum. It's never been correct so I just ignore it. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:58 pm 
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I never check the times on the forum either Amy :)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:28 am 
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docm2 wrote:
I had not noticed this until now. Leave it to our BETA tester to catch it.



When I test routers, one of the main things that causes issues is setting the time zone correctly.
I have to test the parental controls..which includes schedules based on time..so if the time is wrong on the router, the schedule won't kick-in correctly.

My biggest pet peeve with the site time is the difference in time zone settings. I set the DST in my User Control Panel..but it's still 2 hours off...

Somehow, the DST setting is not doing the correct math for what the user sets...
Right now, it's 8:22am...but it'll show the post timestamp as 6:22am when I post it.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:31 am 
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Testing my theory..I set my Time Zone in the User Control Panel to Atlantic (-4) instead of Central (-6)..
Time displayed is the correct hour...

So it's definitely a server setting with the DST math ...

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