Recently, I saw a one-line Skype message dated 7:36 AM. I saw and responded to this message with one line at 9:39 AM. The other person wrote three lines back again in the early afternoon, which I did not see until significantly later, but which showed up in my interface as additional lines in the 7:36AM message, as if these additional three lines had preceded my 9:39 reply, as if I were writing in response to those lines as well (and in this case, that makes a difference for the meaning of the communication).
When I tried copying the text and pasting it elsewhere for discussion, I noticed that the time-stamps on the messages in the pasted text were around 1:01 and 1:02 PM, even though the time-stamp displaying in the Skype interface (desktop app v188.8.131.52 for Windows 7), which was highlighted as selected for copy, clearly read 7:36 AM.
I then closed and restarted Skype. After the restart, the four lines were still grouped together as part of the same message, but now timestamped 1:01PM and sequenced all after my 9:36 AM message which responds to the first line, now appearing to be oddly either responding to nothing or using past tense to refer to a premonition of the message to come. Copying the text again gives the early afternoon time stamps.
The person messaging me is & was in the same time zone.
Why are message time stamps inconsistent and changing around?
Example from forums: