It appears that the system time for StackExchange is based on a server in a different time zone from myself. Where is this visible?

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Everything at StackExchange runs on a straight UTC clock. You can see the current UTC time in the drop down menu when you hover over your name at the top of the screen, bottom left corner: UTC Time HH:MM

All time based actions (such as the concept of a "day" as imposed by the per-day rep cap) operate on this clock irrespective of your current time zone, turning the page at 2400 hours UTC.

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  • does 2400 hours UTC ever arrive? – Jack Douglas Aug 30 '13 at 16:06
  • Not exactly, but I believe most time processing libraries understand it to be synonymous with 0000 hours of $day+1. – Caleb Aug 30 '13 at 16:14

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