I just got a hat for posting on Christmas and it is still 1 PM on Dec 24th here in Connecticut.

What time zone is Stack Exchange Servers in?

So it is not UTC, and by logic if the server times are correct they are least in the middle of India or east of there as it is now Christmas as of 1:10PM EST

  • UTC, I think... Dec 24, 2012 at 18:07
  • But even UTC shows 6:09 PM Monday, December 24, 2012 (UTC) Time in Coordinated Universal Time as of 1:09PM EST
    – Mike
    Dec 24, 2012 at 18:09
  • Are you suggesting that StackExchange has outsourced to India? :-)
    – corsiKa
    Jan 4, 2013 at 16:56

1 Answer 1


SE runs on UTC time.

However, the early awarding is intentional according to the devs. They're giving it out +/- 12 hours from the day listed on the hat.

  • You can expand the menu with your name at the top and see the server time
    – juan
    Dec 26, 2012 at 12:28

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