[tz] Breach of tzdb charter: Merging timezones is not within the charter
philip at trouble.is
Thu Jun 3 04:57:52 UTC 2021
On 2021-06-03 09:03:15 (+0800), Stephen Colebourne via tz wrote:
> This is a formal request to revert the recent patch to merge country
> timezones. I, and others, consider the patch to be utterly
> unacceptable. The patch causes meaningful harm to the status of tzdb,
> and will cause downstream projects significant pain to effectively
> revert the changes - amounting to an effective fork of the project.
I don't consider the patch a breach of charter. Given the clear lack of
consensus however, I agree that the patch should be reverted.
While I believe the patch is within scope of the tzdb's stated purpose,
we should be considerate of the many current, actual, real-world uses of
tzdb beyond that scope.
The best way forward would be to revert this patch and to discuss
alternative ways to achieve its intent without alienating a substantial
fraction of tzdb consumers. That discussion is a lot more likely to be
productive without the (perceived) threat of a release with the
contentious patch ending up in the wild.
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