I think there may be a problem with the time on the StackExchange servers. I checked my profile today and noticed that I had received the "And I Feel Fine" hat, which states that it is for having posted or voted on December 21st, yet it is the 20th of December.

Given that I am on the east, and StackExchange is also based on the east coast, one would reasonably expect that the server's time would be set to the east coast's time zone.enter image description here

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Is the server time set to something like Australia's timezone, or perhaps a bug in the code that determines what hats a user has earned?


There is a +/- 12 hour leeway on the hats. Stack Exchange time is based on UTC. This is expected behavior. Here is a comment by Nick Craver about it, as part of a larger Meta Stack Overflow discussion.

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