[tz] Preparing to fork tzdb

Clive D.W. Feather clive at davros.org
Thu Sep 23 13:14:33 UTC 2021

Stephen Colebourne via tz said:
> Taken at face value, it is easy for anyone reading this to nod their
> head and agree that Norway should not receive favouritism over Angola.
> What it fails to state is that the solution adopted (creating Links
> where previously there were Zones) has created a *different* equity,
> diversity or inclusion issue. The resulting tzdb state clearly favours
> Berlin over Oslo or Stockholm, Brussels over Amsterdam.
> The justification for this new inequality is arcane to anyone who
> doesn't understand the nuances of the tzdb system. Sure there is a
> rule involved (single regions for post 1970 data, largest city for
> pre-1970 data). But the rule simply won't be understood or accepted by
> most actual users of the data set.

But TZDB already favours London over Bristol, Paris over Lyons, Amsterdam
over Den Haag, Berlin over Frankfurt, Los Angeles over Seattle, and so on.
Without using the word "country", please explain the difference.

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