junglesmacks wrote:..or that they didn't release all the 1000 all at the same time but are doing it in batches. That gets my vote.
This certainly seems more probable than 1000 tickets (500+ timestamps) falling between 12:17 and 12:18. Based on the (sometimes unreliable) numbers some have posted on this thread, to speculate that all of the tickets were distributed to STEPpers between 12:17 and 12:18 would indicate that the timestamp is only an accurate measurement of the queue progress by a factor of 10 or 12. While I feel that the timestamp only serves as a rough estimate, it seems exceedingly unlikely that it would be that
inaccurate, considering that the server hardware functions at a somewhat consistent rate when it is working at its full potential.
I am not an expert, however. Just an amateur expert.