no clue. good question though. seems like the timers stop now during maintenance windows when they didnt used to.
Last time I bothered playing, the clocks ran whether you were accepting bids or not, and this was a source of constant complaints. Since Blizzard is becoming notorious for only fixing problems that no one cares about, I doubt they have fixed this one yet.
Always does. Absolutely ridiculous that Blizzard has not fixed this. It's one thing if the issue is a sudden server downtime, but when they are decide to put the game or AH through maintenance, you'd think they'd at least know to stop all the timers on the AH. Of course there are winners and there are losers in these situations, but it shouldn't be like that. It's a simple thing to fix.