[tz] timezone Verschlimmbesserung

Alois Treindl alois at astro.ch
Mon Oct 4 14:16:52 UTC 2021

I absolutely disagree with the claim that end-user benefit of pre-1970 
data is exceedingly tiny.

*pre-1970 time data are extremely important for hundreds of authors and 
millions of users of astrological software.*

Whatever one may think of astrology, it is a fact that at was 
astrologers like Thomas Shanks and others who collected extensive
historical time zone data, pre- and post-1970.

TZ database would not be what it is without contributions and ongoing 
effort by the "astrological community".

I fully support Thomas Finch's proposal:

> I think the way to fix this is to revert both policy changes, and revert
> all the timezone merges.

On 29.09.21 18:53, Paul Eggert via tz wrote:
> On 9/29/21 4:20 AM, Tony Finch via tz wrote:
>> The aim of merging timezones was to avoid political issues and to reduce
>> the maintenance burden. It seems to me that it has failed to achieve 
>> those
>> goals.
> That being said, pre-1970 timestamps are an area where the long-term 
> maintenance burden is very real and the*overall end-user benefit is 
> exceedingly tiny, even negative. *

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