[tz] Proposal for new rules

David Patte ₯ dpatte at relativedata.com
Thu Aug 29 20:05:25 UTC 2013

You can't database your way out of politics, but you can mandate your 
way out.

1) Time Zones are Political, like it or not.
2) Everybody is biased politically
3) Nobody on this list wants to debate politics, recognizing that the 
discussions on this list should be based only on facts about 
timekeeping, and database efficiency, not politics.

Therefore, I will dare to repeat myself; that the only way you can 
fulfill your complete mandate, knowing the above 3 constraints, is to 
base all  political decisions on those of an outside group - ie: the 
ISO, or the UN. Anything else keeps the politics within the group, which 
is rediculous and unwanted.

I would have been a heck of a lot easier to always follow ISO/UN rules 
and use Tel Aviv as recommended (whether we personally believe it is 
sensible), than the alternate path we are now being forced down. How 
much work do you expect everyone to do?

No matter how much you database experts play with the data, the politics 
will never leave this list until it is mandated away and deferred to a 
3rd party. Leave the politics with the people that know about politics!

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