Active Record Timestamp
Timestamping can be turned off by setting:
config.active_record.record_timestamps = false
Timestamps are in the local timezone by default but you can use UTC by setting:
config.active_record.default_timezone = :utc
Time Zone aware attributes
By default, ActiveRecord::Base keeps all the datetime columns time zone aware by executing following code.
config.active_record.time_zone_aware_attributes = true
This feature can easily be turned off by assigning value false .
If your attributes are time zone aware and you desire to skip time zone conversion to the current Time.zone when reading certain attributes then you can do following:
class Topic < ActiveRecord::Base self.skip_time_zone_conversion_for_attributes = [:written_on] end