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Somebody Goofed

I went to greet one of the most recent people to accept my invitation to join Persona Paper this afternoon, and was really surprised when I saw this:

snip from a Persona Profile page from my screen to illustrate something that needs to be fixed

Something isn't right about this, and I don't know if it's happening to other new members. Since Laxie is posting and definitely not inactive, I hope this will soon be fixed. I also can't find Laxie on the members list, which is also strange. Maybe I'm just blind, but she doesn't seem to be listed with the other people who joined today. Other new members may want to make sure their information is listed correctly and contact elitecodex or &MayLou through the contact button at the top if a correction needs to be made. With all the new members coming in so fast, it's easy for mistakes to occur. That's why we need to let our administrators know about them.

Meanwhile, I hope all of the friends who know Laxie will stop by her profile to say hello so she won't get lonesome while she is still an invisible member.

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BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:41 PM

Sorry MaeLou . Didn't mean to get your name wrong above.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:47 PM

I found the profile confusing at first and had to go back and edit it after I was accepted. My profile looked just like this til I was accepted. That took about 24 hours.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:11 PM

Was the last log-in date wrong on yours, too? This wasn't the entire profile page. I just wanted to show the incorrect date here.

TheLambLiesDown wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:24 PM

That is the same log-in date I got when I joined, in fact I pointed out to a friend that I had a previous account here 45 years ago lol

AngelSharum wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:32 PM

Maybe they'll see it and get it fixed. Good that you noticed it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:39 PM

Did I miss the post about the discovery of time travel somewhere? I'd really like to read that one!

SarahW74 wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:39 PM

Ah yes, when my husband signed up and was awaiting to be accepted it showed his last post was 45 years and 2 weeks ago - he hadn't made any at all! I put it down to a glitch in the matrix ;)

MaeLou wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:01 PM

The introduction article isn't something they have actually posted. WE post it for them. elitecodex went into a post awhile back about WHY that date is chosen (it's very technical and went over my head). It's not a goof, it's just a technical thingy-ma-jig and when the user goes to login, it will update the last login date.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:04 PM

Mine did that also the first day. By the second day it was looking right and said I had logged in the day before

elitecodex wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:10 PM

Just incase anyone is curious on the technical reason behind this, we store the date that people login relative to the "unix epoch". This is a common method of storing timestamps (without timezone info). The unix epoch is January 1st, 1970. I do not know why this particular date was chosen but we store the time that someone logs in, as the number of seconds since that time stamp. So when you see that time, that essentially means 0 is in that column because they have not logged in yet. When you take the timezone into effect, we are offset from GMT which puts it 1 day behind which is why it shows up as December 31st, 1969. It I showed the exact time, it would actually be Dec 31 1969 8:00 PM.

So when they login, it will update to that time... for example if they logged in right this second, it would actually store 1420420230 as the last login time and it would show today. This is probably more information than anyone wants to know, but its here for those who are curious.

MaeLou wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:17 PM

See everyone... technical thingy-ma-jig!

bestwriter wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:03 PM

About MaeLou was I not right not to alert her until I got to know her name inside out? emoticon :grin:

I also saw another one who had introduced but there were zero views. I welcomed that user.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:28 PM

Thanks to both you and MaeLou for explaining so quickly and answering my email so promptly. Now everyone knows.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:29 PM

AS you ca see they jumped into explain right away.

AliCanary wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:29 PM

Maybe her last post was a breaking news story about the moon landing, LOL

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:29 PM

I think you'll find the explanation below.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:31 PM

Well now we all know the whys. The moral of the story is to make your first real post right away. And it's also not a bad idea to go back and edit your intro post if the spacing is wrong or you want to add a photo.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:31 PM

Now you know why.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:32 PM

Interesting idea. But now we know the real reason.

Glenn wrote on January 4, 2015, 9:38 PM

This is nothing to worry about. As a computer programmer I know exactly what happened. New users who never logged in prior to the present session obviously don't have a prior logon date yet. So the computer needs to specify some kind of date. In this case it used the oldest date it can. Of course this can be programmed to display something meaningful (such as the present date, or dashes, or the word NONE) when there is no prior date to display. But it's not that important since it gets replaced by a correct date real quick anyway. You just happened to hit it at the very moment when she completed her signup but didn't log out and in again yet. Imagine the chances of that! Maybe you should try the lottery.

dd-das wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:29 PM

Hope the administration will look into it.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:39 PM

yep now I do,

AngelSharum wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:24 PM

I do see that. I must have missed the first article about it as well.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:37 AM

Now "technical thingy-ma-jig" I can understand!

AliCanary wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:45 AM

I noticed as I was working on the that this also happens to people who, for whatever reason, remove all of their posts I've run across two or three such members.

BarbRad wrote on January 5, 2015, 3:19 AM

Yes. The administrators have already explained that above. I don't play the lottery, but when my brother gives me tickets I never win.

BarbRad wrote on January 5, 2015, 3:20 AM

They already have and explained it above in their comments. They answer fast here. It's not a mistake at all. Just a programming thing.

nbaquero wrote on January 5, 2015, 8:41 AM

It looks like that date was picked up arbitraryly by the Unix Engs, since this OS was started in 60s, at the time is seems like a good reference date. I also learned that 32-bit systems using "unix epoch" will restart in January 19th, 2038 . Some nerdy stuff, I wanted to share.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:23 PM

Just read the comments below and checked her profile page. Looks like all is well now. But I agree that it would be surprising to see something like that so it's good that we got an explanation on what exactly is going on and why this happened.

WordChazer wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:03 PM

You can edit posts here, BarbRad . It's the pen in a square icon that you see when you click any of your own posts, right next to the delete icon in the top left of the green bar. Just as well when you've spent many hours in front of a screen as I do most days. So you could go back and amend the typo then make a reference to having type dit wrong the first time, if you wanted.

Glenn wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:46 AM

BarbRad - I was only kidding about the lottery. I'm not a gambler

Glenn wrote on January 8, 2015, 8:49 AM

That bug took me away again before I could finish and auto posted. This only happens with PersonaPaper on the iPad. I meant to say that I'm not a gambler either.