[tz] Request for change to the tz database

Brian Park brian at xparks.net
Mon Feb 8 22:00:22 UTC 2021

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 1:19 PM John Hawkinson <jhawk at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> Saying "go search the list archives" is not very user-friendly, and I
> don't think it's a reasonable request.

I find searching the archives to be definitely *not* user-friendly. The
main landing page (https://www.iana.org/time-zones) contains the "Archive"
link to https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/, but that page has no search
capability. Most users will give up right here. Some users will remember
that internet search engines can filter by URL. But only a fraction will
remember the syntax: "site:mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/ kiev kyiv". (I forget
the syntax often, it's not something I do frequently.) The next problem is
that some search engines do not seem to index the TZ archives very well. I
use DuckDuckGo by default, and it returns only 2 results for "kiev kyiv",
one from 2017 and another from 2016. Google is better, returning 134
results, but it is unclear how recent its search index is.
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