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This Question was asked 2 months ago but was closed 3 months ago, I'm assuming this is a bug.

@Bubbler said that it may be a rounding issue, as "the exact date and time when each event occurred ... are in correct order."

Screenshot:

Confusing Image

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This is bug that's happened before, I'll try to find a report \$\endgroup\$
    – emanresu A
    Sep 16 at 7:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Okay, thanks, I added the link, refresh \$\endgroup\$
    – W D
    Sep 16 at 7:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Pretty sure it's a rounding issue in one way or another. If you hover your mouse over the text "x months ago", you can see the exact date and time when each event occurred, and they are in correct order. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bubbler
    Sep 16 at 7:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ [EDITED COMMENT] I edited the question to include your comment, @Bubbler, but what will happen with the bug? Also, can someone move this to chat? \$\endgroup\$
    – W D
    Sep 16 at 7:56
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Correction: this is actually , per JNat's answer to this report on MSE. Unfortunately, not much more information about this was given in his answer, but, aside from the first sentence below, this answer is (mostly) still correct.


This is . The Asked/Active times aren't exact, and have a bit of a weird calculation time. I believe that, because only 2 full months have passed, it counts as 2 months ago. Wait until the 1st of October and it'll say "3 months ago".

It wouldn't surprise me if you can figure out this behaviour from this question, asked by Jeff Atwood, the founder of Stack Overflow. Note that that question was the eleventh post on Stack Overflow,

As mentioned by Bubbler in the comments, if you hover your mouse over the "2 months ago", it'll give the exact timestamp:

screenshot of date/time on hover

As for why the close date shows "3 months ago", but the Asked/Active shows "2 months ago", who knows? The close votes system has been regularly updated since the founding of SO, but I think the Asked/Answered has been the same since at least 2014, so probably uses some outdated / different method.

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