Some commenters to the weblog have expressed dismay that its proprietor will sometimes change the timestamps of posts, often to 12:01am of the day following whenever it was posted. Awhile back I added a disclaimer about this to my sidebar.
Anyway, accuracy-in-timestamps agitators might be interested in the following comeuppance: Submissions for the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association were due today. Normally, the deadline has been midnight, or even "midnight somewhere." This year, the website provided a 3:00pm EST deadline accompanied by stern verbiage about no exceptions et cetera. Despite being someone who likes to work right up against a deadline--my profession is not one that regularly offers opportunities for the thrill of disaster narrowly averted, and I refuse to take up bungee jumping--I still wish I had discovered this change sometime before yesterday afternoon. In any case, I was part of two different submissions that went in after 2:30pm. For the paper I submitted myself, at 2:48pm, I received immediately a confirmation e-mail from ASA. Its timestamp was inexplicably 3:10pm.