[tz] [PATCH 4/4] yellow flags

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Aug 13 15:17:58 UTC 2013

Derick Rethans wrote:
> Maybe that was the original idea, but that does not mean that people 
> don't use it differently from the original intented usage.

Which usages are these, in practice?  Nobody has mentioned any
significant problems yet.

> I don't understand why the changes to zone.tab 
> have to be made.

The problem is politics.  We are trying to get the tz project out
of the political issues of what the boundary between Country X and
Country Y is, or whether Country X is actually a country.  When
I created zone.tab originally, I was naive about how bad this
could be, and I'm trying to change things slightly to avoid as
many future political problems as I can without breaking things
significantly.  There is no perfect solution here -- no matter
what we do, even if it's doing nothing right now, there will be
more work to do later; but the political hassles are real, and
will consume more and more of our resources as time goes on,
and I'm trying to head as many of them off at the pass now as

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