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I think the timeout is 8 or 12 hours.

Okay, thanks. I seem to remember this happening in the past for posts that were a few days old. I may misremember, or it could have been changed.

No, I think you're right. I recall in the earlier days of HN it would bring up items from days ago when I submitted them. I recall seeing a discussion about this where a mod suggested it's due to the increased volume on the site and how many good posts no longer reach front page.

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