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Does anyone know in which time zone SoL is hosted?

robberhands
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I ask out of simple curiosity. Telling my readers I'll post on a concrete date, and when I do, to belatedly notice, that the date was a day earlier than that I announced, is also a reason.

ETA: asked and answered, it's Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Vlad_Inhaler

US Eastern (I don't think its Central)

Replies:   robberhands
Ross at Play
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@robberhands

I ask out of simple curiosity. Telling my readers I'll post on a concrete date, and when I do, to belatedly notice, that the date was a day earlier than that I announced, is also a reason.

I don't think that matters. All users have all times displays based on the time SoL has recorded shifted by a time zone setting from their computer.
So for Aussies, those most affected, if you say you'll post on Friday (US time), we routinely assume we're one day, plus many years, ahead of the US, so we will see it on Saturday, our time.

paliden

@robberhands

Telling my readers I'll post on a concrete date, and when I do, to belatedly notice, that the date was a day earlier than that I announced, is also a reason.


I recommend that you talk to Crumbly Writer. He seems to know when to submit a story (or chapter) to have it POSTED at a certain time and date. He has posted many times in these forums about trying to figure out the posting schedule and how it affects when the chapter (or story) will show up on the main page of SOL.

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robberhands

@Ross at Play

I agree, it isn't important, but I still would like to know. If I want to update on Monday, I don't want to see I updated on Sunday. Call me pedantic, but that's how I am.

Replies:   Ross at Play
robberhands

@Vlad_Inhaler

Are you sure, I remember someone mentioned the site is hosted in Canada. Doesn't mean US Eastern is wrong, but I would feel better if you'd simply said Eastern Standard Time.

Replies:   Grant
Ross at Play

@robberhands

I agree, it isn't important, but I still would like to know. If I want to update on Monday, I don't want to see I updated on Sunday. Call me pedantic, but that's how I am.

Sure. In which case I think you need to know what time zone the staff work in. I'm pretty sure that's in Canada around US East Coast.
But Paliden was right. If you want to know when you should post so your stories are posted at the time you want, then CW will know.

Replies:   robberhands
robberhands

@Ross at Play

EST is probably right. I noticed the first updates on SoL happen usually around 8 AM.

Replies:   Ross at Play  REP
Ross at Play
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@robberhands

EST is probably right. I noticed the first updates on SoL happen usually around 8 AM.

By which time it's already tomorrow as far as Aussies will see. So 'expect posting on Friday morning US time' is what readers may need to know. :-)

Replies:   robberhands
robberhands

@Ross at Play

Just looked at the submission menu. It answers my question. The Time Zone ist Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Replies:   Dominions Son
REP
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@robberhands

There are 2 ways to post.

If you do what I think of as a standard post, it is processed according to the order it enters the posting queue. Most posts can be accessed by our readers within about 2 hours, but if everyone is busy it may take longer.

There is also a scheduled post and the date you specify for posting is a No Sooner Than date. In this type of post, you post your first chapter specifying a date for it to be processed. Once it has been processed, you can queue the remaining chapters (assuming it is a multi-chapter story). Most of the chapters I've posted using this method appear on the date that I specified, but usually in the afternoon or evening. I've been told the delayed posting files aren't processed until after 8PM their time (EST sounds right), which is 5PM my time. I think I had one chapter posted the following day.

As far as time goes, I don't think you can set a posting time. The stories are processed first come first served based on their entry into the posting queue.

Ernest Bywater

@REP

As far as time goes, I don't think you can set a posting time. The stories are processed first come first served based on their entry into the posting queue.


The normal processing is twice a day, once by each of the moderators. It usually works out to be about 10 to 12 hours apart, but not always.

Dominions Son

@robberhands

Just looked at the submission menu. It answers my question. The Time Zone ist Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Except during the winter, then it world be Eastern Standard Time (EST). :)

Crumbly Writer

@paliden

I recommend that you talk to Crumbly Writer. He seems to know when to submit a story (or chapter) to have it POSTED at a certain time and date. He has posted many times in these forums about trying to figure out the posting schedule and how it affects when the chapter (or story) will show up on the main page of SOL.

The reason why I'm pedantic about posting times, is because I like making last-minute changes to stories (doing a final review of each chapter just before I post it). I always seem to find several things to 'clean up' doing that, despite how many times I've reviewed it previously.

Like robberhands, I like my stories to appear first thing in the morning, so my stories appear at a set time each day it posts. I've found, if I submit after breakfast, the story typically won't appear until 4 in the afternoon, at the earliest. Though if I stay up until 12:30a.m. (EST), it'll post very near to 8am. (Thus SOL's on Easter Standard Time, although it appears as if Lazeez and his minions never sleep, as they log in 15-and-a-half hour days.)

However, I've also found a problem with the next-day scheduled posts. We've never found the problem, but typically, if I submit a story and schedule it to post the next day, it not only goes to the end of the submission queue the next morning, but frequently, it won't post for up to 12 - 14 hours! For those of us who like to check whether our foreign language uses display correctly, that's a LONG time to check to see if the story is available.

Luckily, I've largely given up on those last-minute updates (I end up with too many typos that my editors can't review), but I still don't trust the scheduled deliveries. I've been burned by it too many times.

Replies:   StarFleet Carl
Crumbly Writer

@REP

As far as time goes, I don't think you can set a posting time. The stories are processed first come first served based on their entry into the posting queue.

That was the reason for my 12:30am submission times. It virtually guarantees my story will be at the very top of the posting queue (as the SOL staff posts everything else before they go home), so mine will be handled first. However, normally if you post between 12 - 4, or even around midnight, it'll post almost immediately (within a couple of hours, at most).

StarFleet Carl

@Ross at Play

we're one day, plus many years


If you're a day ahead, what will tonight's winning lottery numbers?

And years ahead? Please, when you get more people in your whole country than we have in two metro areas, then we'll talk. Until then ... :)

StarFleet Carl

@Crumbly Writer

Like robberhands, I like my stories to appear first thing in the morning, so my stories appear at a set time each day it posts.


And see, I try to make my posts no later than 8 M Central so that it posts before going I go to bed, and that way it's already up on the list for the morning crew.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Dominions Son

@StarFleet Carl

Please, when you get more people in your whole country than we have in two metro areas, then we'll talk. Until then ... :)


Give him a break, half their country is uninhabitable.

StarFleet Carl

@Dominions Son

Give him a break, half their country is uninhabitable.


Arm, or leg?

Actually Australia is closer to 90% uninhabitable.
And we since have Chicago and Detroit, the US is actually 60% uninhabitable. Okay, it's not just those two cities, but still ...

Replies:   Ross at Play
Crumbly Writer

@StarFleet Carl

And see, I try to make my posts no later than 8 M Central so that it posts before going I go to bed, and that way it's already up on the list for the morning crew.


That's a better strategy, though I'll have to post it the next day (Tuesday afternoon, rather than Monday night).

Ross at Play

@StarFleet Carl

You quote DS:
Give him a break, half their country is uninhabitable.
You:
Arm, or leg?

Charming! At least it settles one choice for my Xmas shopping list, StartFleet Carl - one hand grenade :)

Actually Australia is closer to 90% uninhabitable.

Actually, uncultivable rather than uninhabitable. And not 90%, but definitely over half.
While Australia tends to make others think of outback scenes, we are one one of the most urbanised Western countries (among not constrained by land shortages). The percentage of the population living within a hundred miles of just five cities is over 60%.

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Ernest Bywater

@StarFleet Carl

And years ahead?


If not having multiple daily drive-by shootings in most cities means we're years behind, I'd rather stay behind.

Ernest Bywater

@Dominions Son

Give him a break, half their country is uninhabitable.


Ayep, just like large parts of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado - same type of environment.

Grant

@robberhands

Doesn't mean US Eastern is wrong, but I would feel better if you'd simply said Eastern Standard Time.

Would be worth mentioning the country as EST in Australia is not the same time zone as EST in the US/Canada.

robberhands

Would be worth mentioning the country as EST in Australia is not the same time zone as EST in the US/Canada.

True, but the east australian time zone is named Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), that should prevent mix ups.

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play

@robberhands

True, but the east australian time zone is named Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), that should prevent mix ups.

The official acronym is AEST, but Australians are renowned as a thoroughly lazy lot. We sometimes drop the word 'Australian' from a proper noun.
I don't think you can be specific enough about when something will be posted to even bother mentioning it is (US) EST. I'd just say 'by ... morning, US time.' That may upset a few Alaskans and Hawaiians, but do you really care?

BTW, do many Americans pray for the whole Continental Drift thing to shift into reverse and just take all of those leftish loonies on the West Coast far, far away?

StarFleet Carl

@Ross at Play

Charming! At least it settles one choice for my Xmas shopping list, StartFleet Carl - one hand grenade :)


Could you make it the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?

I already have a couple of regular ones. (Granted, they've been de-mil'd, but they make great bookends.)

The percentage of the population living within a hundred miles of just five cities is over 60%.


At least you guys understand distances there, which is something it seems that Europeans don't - because while they get it intellectually, they don't get it viscerally. It doesn't seem real to them that you could get into a car, drive 70 mph for 12 hours (assuming no breaks), start in Texas, and still be in Texas. (El Paso to Beaumont for West - East, or Perryton to Brownsville for North - South).

Replies:   Dominions Son
StarFleet Carl

@Ross at Play

BTW, do many Americans pray for the whole Continental Drift thing to shift into reverse and just take all of those leftish loonies on the West Coast far, far away?


Now, why would we want the granola state, full of fruits, nuts, and flakes, to go away?

Oh, and short answer - yep.

Ernest Bywater

@Ross at Play

BTW, do many Americans pray for the whole Continental Drift thing to shift into reverse and just take all of those leftish loonies on the West Coast far, far away?


No worries. At some point all the extra weight of the cement infrastructure will pull down on the San Andreas Fault (probably spelt that wrong) during a shaking and result in the whole lot sliding off into the Pacific - end of problem.

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Joe Long

@Ross at Play

I've been enjoying Australian TV via Hulu

Over the past couple of years I've seen some or all of (that I can recall):
City Homicide
Rush
Sea Patrol
Gold Coast

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Joe Long

@Ross at Play

BTW, do many Americans pray for the whole Continental Drift thing to shift into reverse and just take all of those leftish loonies on the West Coast far, far away?


Now they're talking about seceding and we just say "good riddance." They still have a manufacturing base but have regulated away much of their food and energy production.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Ross at Play

@Joe Long

I've been enjoying Australian TV via Hulu

In that case I sincerely recommend Seachange and Underbelly, a set of unrelated season-long stories with a similar style.
Drop me an email if you cannot find time. I have spare upload bandwidth on my ISP service.

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awnlee jawking

@robberhands

Story Time!

(Since the question has been answered, an attempt at levity.)

AJ

Joe Long

@Ross at Play

In that case I sincerely recommend Seachange and Underbelly


I will check them out, thanks

Dominions Son

@StarFleet Carl

At least you guys understand distances there, which is something it seems that Europeans don't


I did my bachelors degree at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

There were a couple of foreign exchange students in one of my classes.

At one point, a group of us from the class were discussing weekend plans. The foreign exchange students were talking about driving to New York city and back for the weekend.

Yeah right, not quite 900 miles, a 14 hour drive one way if you do it straight through with no breaks. Of course, try finding a car that will do 900 miles on one tank of gas.

Dominions Son

@Ernest Bywater

No worries. At some point all the extra weight of the cement infrastructure will pull down on the San Andreas Fault (probably spelt that wrong) during a shaking and result in the whole lot sliding off into the Pacific - end of problem.


Problem is, the bits west of the fault (LA, San Diego, San Fransisco) aren't moving west out to sea, they are moving North by North west.

In a million years or so, LA will be in Alaska rather than California.

Dominions Son

@Joe Long

Now they're talking about seceding and we just say "good riddance.


Nah, rather then letting them secede, we should give California back to Mexico.

Replies:   REP
REP

@Dominions Son

Considering what Trump is doing to America, that sounds like a good plan to me. :)

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