[tz] Large scale changes proposed in 2014f
Clive D.W. Feather
clive at davros.org
Sun Jul 27 07:25:55 UTC 2014
Alan Barrett said:
> As a general rule, I think that existing information should never
> be replaced by other information with the same or worse quality,
> but should only be replaced by information of greater quality.
> In other words, rules should be changed only when the new rules
> are clearly superior to the old rules. Even if the old rules are
> known to be inaccurate, they should be retained for the sake of
> stability until such time as more accurate information is known.
I don't agree. If we know or have good reason to believe that the data is
completely bogus, then there's no point in retaining it. And having
different data for two zones produces a subconcious belief that both are
higher quality than if we just have the same. So where the data is
completely wrong, I vote for these merges.
> I also prefer retaining at least one first class zone for each
> ISO3166 country, for ease of menu or map based selection, and to
> allow users to see that the selected zone name contains the name
> of a familiar city in their country. I think that some users will
> be upset to see a time zone name that contains the name of a city
> in another country, especially if the two countries have a history
> of conflict.
I completely agree with this part.
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