Hmm, good question. Could it be that your computer’s clock is 2 minutes fast? Does the time at http://time.gov match your system clock?
If your system clock is accurate then my next guess is that you saw the countdown run out but only after you clicked submit on your message here (at 5:58). That’s a known minor bug that the countdown doesn’t automatically update when new data comes in (unless you enter it in that browser). So that’s why a refresh is needed to confirm the derailment.
PS: Wait, if you’re really sure you hit submit on your post after seeing the countdown run out then either your system clock was off or something super weird is going on that we need to figure out. Thanks for the debugging help!
P sure. Time.gov matches my system, adjusting for time zones, but mins and secs are in sync. And I definitely waited until the clock ran out entirely (“Derailed” showed up in the top bar). I wanted to be sure.
You might have a bug! Ah shucks, I was hoping I’d caught you guys out
Oh, it finally occurred to me that the datapoint is submitted to Beeminder by our wordpress plugin and there might well be lag there. So I bet the timer ran out and then the datapoint appeared before the derailment was processed. Fortunately, per longstanding rules, that’s allowed as long as we hit publish in time, which I’m certain we did. Phew! And thanks for the debugging help! Not to mention the vigilance!
Confirmed for $30! Though I think @chelsea is supposed to wait an hour to give non-insiders a chance to claim these. (On the other hand, Chelsea’s taking the brunt of the damage, albeit not monetarily, when @bee derails this.) Another question, for @bee: is it intentional that you have this capped at $30? Is this like a Bee Nice To Yourself thing where you like the option of paying a reasonable fee occasionally to not zero support?