[tz] Timezone error (Kyiv not Kiev)

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Tue Jul 5 18:14:20 UTC 2022

Bill Seymour wrote:

> It's beginning to look like there's an organized group of trolls who
> expect to force a name-only release by being annoying.

It’s been evident for many months, even before the invasion, that this is a concerted letter-writing campaign. These are usually organized by people who believe the same request, repeated enough times, will influence technical decisions.

Some telltale signs that requesters are reading from the same script are the common tagline (“Kyiv not Kiev”), the common insistence that the use of “Kiev” is an “error” rather than simply an obsoletism, retained up until now for stability, and the common, self-evident pattern of brand-new participants posting without first reading the list archives or documentation.

More recently, there is also the common appeal that this change should be made not on the basis of “mainstream English spelling,” but as a protest against the 2014 and 2022 invasions.

Technical decisions are much more justifiably made by a single contributor with sound rationale and evidence than by a thousand visitors who act as though they are signing a petition.

Marc Wick wrote:

> I am in favor of releasing the change.

The change will be released.

> The current situation is only comparable to September 1939 and setting
> a precedent can not be feared.

No matter how strongly we oppose the current and 2014 invasions, or the actions of the Third Reich, time zone identifiers are not political statements.

Doug Ewell, CC, ALB | Lakewood, CO, US | ewellic.org

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