Right at the moment, the Philosophy site is set to go into public beta in 25 minutes. But according to its
meta, the site is not ready for the next step. I assume the site won't go public automatically, but the countdown timer is automated. Hence the confusion.
Am I correct?
Update: It seems I was and therefore I would consider the automated timer to be a bug. Perhaps a description similar to the answer to this question on the page near the timer would be a sufficient fix. (If nothing else, it suggests a level of precision in timing that does not exist.)