[tz] Request for change to the tz database

Kim Davies kim.davies at iana.org
Mon Feb 8 20:56:33 UTC 2021

One idea we’ve discussed in the past is directing those who wish to report issues to a web form that could work through things like structuring their submission, and perhaps present answers to common questions like the Kiev issue. It would also help address another challenge which is submitters aren’t necessarily aware that by emailing tz at iana.org<mailto:tz at iana.org> it is going to a public email list with hundreds of subscribers, and their contribution will be published online.

If there is general support for the IANA team performing an initial triage for non-subscribers based on the content of their submission, we can work on setting something up. As Paul alludes to at present we are moderating non-subscriber submissions, but only to do a summary check that it is ‘on-topic’, i.e. related to time zone issues.


From: tz <tz-bounces at iana.org> on behalf of Paul Ganssle <paul at ganssle.io>
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 12:46 PM
To: "tz at iana.org" <tz at iana.org>
Subject: Re: [tz] Request for change to the tz database

Huge +1 on this. I find the Kiev spam on this list extremely annoying.

It seems like the rule against delving into politics is completely counter-productive because so many e-mails and responses are spent explaining it to new people. Ideally once we realized something is a political hot-button that we're going to get a lot of e-mail about, we'd put it into some automated or semi-automated holding queue where the e-mail is held and the user gets an automated response pointing at the relevant entry in the FAQ.

On 2/8/21 3:35 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
On 2/8/21 8:27 AM, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:

It would make a huge difference if you read the archives of this mailing
list to see how many times this topic has come up and what the responses

I sent a note privately to Nadia Kobyliak about this.

Should I ask the tz mailing list moderators (who are not me) to filter out routine duplicate requests such as this one? At some point the duplicates start to drown out the more-useful email.
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