[tz] Replacing the TZ Coordinator

Stephen Colebourne scolebourne at joda.org
Wed Sep 22 18:06:54 UTC 2021

Just to complete this thread - there is clearly no consensus on this
mailing list to change the TZ Coordinator.

To aid understanding, under the RFC process that the project is
governed by, there are fundamentally two mechanisms applicable when a
dispute arises, section 5 (an appeal to the IESG) and section 4
(removal of the Coordinator). Both of these formal avenues have now
been tried and failed.

The potential options remaining are to fork the project or to solve
the issue. For the avoidance of doubt, my preferred option would be to
solve the issue.

I do note the string support in this thread for the following action:
"an appropriate course of action would be to revert to 2021a, apply
the changes just announced, and then everyone take a week off to think
about things and to calm down"

Paul, as duly endorsed TZ Coordinator, are you willing to accept the
proposed action to allow time and space to come up with a proper


On Tue, 21 Sept 2021 at 22:42, Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at joda.org> wrote:
> The TZDB project is guided by RFC 6557. Section 4 allows the list to
> seek an alternate TZ coordinator where "The TZ Coordinator is not
> performing the function in accordance with community wishes".
> https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6557.html#section-4
> The RFC instructs as follows:
>    Members of the community should raise the
>    issue on the TZ mailing list and attempt to reach consensus on a new
>    candidate to fulfill the role of TZ Coordinator.  If rough consensus
>    cannot be reached easily, the Area Directors of the IETF Applications
>    Area should attempt to guide the members of the community to rough
>    consensus.  The candidate that is agreed upon by the community
>    through rough consensus shall be presented to the IESG for
>    confirmation.  If rough consensus cannot be reached, even with
>    guidance from the Applications Area Directors, the IESG shall use
>    whatever means it has at its disposal to choose a candidate who in
>    its best judgment will be able to fulfill the role of TZ Coordinator.
> Is there consensus on the list that a change is required?
> Is there a candidate willing to take on the role of TZ Coordinator?
> Stephen

More information about the tz mailing list