[tz] Moving more zones to 'backzone'

Kim Davies kim.davies at iana.org
Thu Aug 4 00:38:42 UTC 2022

Quoting Howard Hinnant via tz on Wednesday August 03, 2022:
> Imho, this database is way too important to have a single decision
> maker and IANA is grossly mishandling it by managing it that way.
> Committees are far from perfect. They make mistakes too. But they are
> a better solution than what is going on here. Sorry to be so blunt.
> But I felt like this needed saying.

Perhaps a clarification is in order here. RFC 6557 (BCP 175) is the
governing document that defines roles and responsibilities for this
project and, in short, your email suggests IANA is delinquent in
performing in a role it does not have. "Updates to the TZ database are
made by the TZ Coordinator in consultation with the TZ mailing list.
The TZ Coordinator is empowered to decide, as the designated expert,
appropriate changes, but SHOULD take into account views expressed on the
mailing list."

Our defined role is essentially to host this project and to ensure the
infrastructure is in place such that it endures beyond any individual
contributor or TZ Coordinator. The TZ Coordinators are designated by
the Internet Engineering Steering Group, which also manages the appeals
process described in the document.


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