My paper was submitted to a conference, and they sent me a rebuttal email specifying the deadline in UTC-12 time zone.

However, when I prepared my rebuttal and tried to submit it into the system, I found that the system was closed. The time was over in my time zone but more than 12 hours were still remaining in UTC-12 time zone.

Although my paper seemed to be accepted(maybe somewhat marginally), yet I did not want to demonstrate a naive attitude.

What is the best thing to do in such a situation?

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    Wait and see if they fix it on their own. Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 1:20

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There's always a person, and they're usually reasonable. Just contact the conference chair or program committee chair and ask them to let you know how to send in your rebuttal.

In short, talk to people.

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    Yep, it worked. The link was opened after my email, and I was able to submit my rebuttal into the system 10 hours before the specified deadline.
    – tod
    Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 4:15

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