My guess is that Uwe posted using the NNTP interface (Maybe Uwe can confirm this).
NNTP posts are converted into the Forums every 5 or 10 minutes or so (I do not know exactly, but this is enough to explain the phenomenon imho). So an NNTP post can be send (and timed) before yours, but be processed by the converter later then yours. It will however get it’s original time stamp and put in the sequence as such.
Accordingly the e-mails are send when the post is cvonverted and not when it is posted through NNTP. And, as you were subscribed at the time the e-mails are send, you get one.
And yes, such a double advice can be the result. Same btw if two members are preparing a post and send it of in the same minute.
On Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:16:02 +0000, farcusnz wrote:
> How accurate are forum post timings - and is there something strange
> going on?
NNTP posts come through “on the sixes” generally, so times won’t always
The same is true on the NNTP side - the times seen there are not going to
reflect the original post’s time, because the NNTP server stamps the time
when the post is made (rather than letting the client determine the time).
> so then is it a bug that I got a reply notification for a post made
> before mine or is it just an anomaly that will happen from time to time
> because of the two forum interfaces being used?
No, bug, no anomaly. It is something that happens. I’ll try again.
02:05 jmdl posts on web (so #1).
02:06:01 jmdl post is sent to nntp side.
02:08:26 Uwe answer arrives to the nntp server. You can not see it, though.
Other nntp users can see it, though.
It is #2
02:11 You post. It is #3.
02:16 Uwe post is copied to the forum server, timestamped 02:08, and now you can see it.
02:16:01 Your post is copied not nntp side.
02:16:xx A notification for Uwe post is created about this time.
02:20 You get an email notification (for Uwe post).
Yes, it is strange when it happens, seen from the web side, but everything is correct.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” (Elessar))