[tz] Request for change to the tz database

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Feb 8 21:55:05 UTC 2021

On 2/8/21 12:56 PM, Kim Davies wrote:
> 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 emailingtz 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.

Although a web form would help, I expect it would do so only if filtered 
all non-subscribers as there are too many places that say the equivalent 
of "report bugs to tz at iana.org". And such a filter would be so 
off-putting for new contributors that it would plausibly cause more 
problems than it'd cure.

> 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.

I was thinking more along the lines of something just for this topic, as 
in, if it's another Kyiv-vs-Kiev request just reply with the 
boilerplate. The idea is to tamp down the current problem, not come up 
with a general long-purpose solution.

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