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Re: When to --

by rozallin (Curate)
on Aug 15, 2003 at 17:54 UTC ( #284224=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to When to --

This is an issue that has been addressed many times before:

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However, if you really cannot see the reason why your post is being downvoted en masse and you are concerned, you can always ask the opinion of the CB; some people may give you advice on why it is being downvoted, but I think it should be the perogative of the voter to decide whether they should tell the person who is being downvoted why. A lot of people don't have that much time to spend on the site, and a lot of downvoted nodes (or the ones I downvote, at least) such as flames, personal attacks on people, completely irrelevenant replies etc. don't even warrant a /msg.

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Re: Re: When to --
by tcf22 (Priest) on Aug 15, 2003 at 23:38 UTC
    I looked at these, but the most recent one about this was over a year old, so I wanted to see if any newer monks had anything interesting to say about the topic.

    The reason I posed the original question(which by the way recieved a good number of downvotes itself), was because when I was going through some old posts I came across this one Re: Who am I? Who are you? Who are us?. I just thought it was a little extreme to down vote a post like that(it is at -1 rep).

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[atcroft]: james28909: That particular questions was a bit of trick, actually (depending on the country you are in). More interesting is, if you are trying to subtract from an epoch time, for instance, you might have to consider when/if DST occurs for a location,
[atcroft]: because you may have to adjust the number of seconds you change from an epoch from 86400 (not to mention leap seconds)....
[atcroft]: james28909: Although if your program is using a database, you might be able to "pass the buck" to the database and ask it to do the date change for you....
[stevieb]: ++ atcroft

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