Mysterious time zone issue on IxDA.org?

11 Jul 2011 - 4:33pm
3 years ago
5 replies
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Bill Bernstein
2009

I'm writing to advise all members to hop over to their user profile on IxDA.org, click 'Edit', and scroll all the way down to 'Locale Settings' to verify that their time zone is set correctly.

If you haven't disturbed that part of your profile, there is a chance the time zone is mysteriously set to something that it shouldn't be. Several IxDA Pittsburgh members had this curious issue (it was set to Chicago), and it causes upcoming events to be shown with the wrong time of day, from your perspective.

It's befuddling. We suspect the time zone setting operates separately from the basic 'location' listed on the public face of your profile. (Ours were all 'Pittsburgh'... thus the stealthiness of the time zone problem.) At the very least, our friends in Lansing may have had the problem (http://www.ixda.org/node/27421) and perhaps you have, too! None of us had intentionally set ours wrong, so -- it's worth a check.

Back to regularly scheduled programming. (Unless somebody else has further insight!)

Best regards,
Bill Bernstein
Designer, Daedalus
Local Co-Chair, IxDA Pittsburgh

Comments

11 Jul 2011 - 5:54pm
Dave Malouf
2005

hmm? mine was fine. I wonder how many ppl had this problem. I wonder if it is isolated to Pittsburgh.

-- dave

11 Jul 2011 - 8:25pm
Shaun Bergmann
2007

Hi Bill,

I'm not entirely sure that the problem stems from the timezone settings from within your account settings.
IxDA Vancouver have had the same issue with the posting of our events, and upon some digging, we found the following:

1. We create an event to happen at 6:00 PST.
2.  Any user logs in to IxDA.org with username/password and they navigate to the Vancouver Local / events.
3. Observed result show correct time listed for the event.(6:00 PST)

4. They log OUT of IxDA.org
5. Navigate again to the Vancouver Local / events as an anonymous user
6. Observe how the result now shows you -- the anonymous user -- a start time of 8:00 PST

There IS something going on with user accounts and timezones, but it's not as simple as making sure your own timezone is set correctly in your own account settings.
(My timezone is correctly set in my account profile, but if I log out and check my own event, the time will appear 2 hours off).

11 Jul 2011 - 10:09pm
Dave Malouf
2005

actually #3 for me was that it showed up as 9:06p logged in and then #6 was 8:06p.

It seems the default might be CST for some odd reason.

In my natural logic I would think that all events on the site would always be displayed in their city's native timezone. We so infrequently have global broadcasts, and quite honestly, timezone calculating is pretty easy for most people to figure out on their if we do have streaming at an event that ppl want to watch. Can we turn off this feature?

- dave

12 Jul 2011 - 6:16am
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

This is high on our list of things to fix now that we have some more Drupal help. Stay tuned for a announcement with some timelines and plans.

12 Jul 2011 - 8:05am
Bill Bernstein
2009

Dave, Shaun, and Matt:
Thanks, each of you, for taking note and giving this your attention. Glad to hear it can be tackled now that there is more Drupal support available.
Shaun and Dave, your hunches about the problem do check out, when I try it now. However, it still remains that at least five of our local members did discover that their own personal profile time zone setting was Chicago, unbeknownst to them. (I'm one of 'em. Perhaps I could've paid more attention to my settings when the switch was thrown on the new site.)

Best regards,
Bill Bernstein
 

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