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Offline Grayknight

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2013, 02:42:06 am »
Coming from a team with several international players from at least four different time zones, UTC would be awesome.

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2014, 03:41:30 pm »
..and now Muse have been bitten by this with PAX. They put the local time and the UTC offset. The wrong UTC offset.

I am signed up to start helping at 13:00 (UTC-8) + 8 = 21:00 UTC + 1 = 22:00 BST.
When I am actually supposed to turn up is at 13:00 (UTC-7) + 7 = 20:00 UTC + 1 = 21:00 BST.

When will people start listening to me?

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2014, 04:06:25 pm »
http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/
This isn't entirely useful. For example, say an organiser says "The event will happen at 21:00 EST". Everyone then uses the above tool to convert EST to their local timezone.. and it still ends up being wrong.

Why?

1) They meant EST, but the program presumed EDT because DST is in effect (but not all EST locations observe EDT).
2) They actually meant EDT.
3) They meant EST.. Australia.

Far less mistakes happen when it goes:
Organiser: Known Local -> Common, Participant: Known Common -> Local
than when it goes:
Participant: Vague Local -> Local

And when organisers put both the local time and the UTC time, it is easy to check if they got it wrong.

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2014, 04:29:02 pm »
Lets do this yes please.  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2014, 04:05:52 pm »
That would be AWESOME! Maybe just add one Timezone that is not changed by summertime. Just to have something to reffer to.

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2014, 05:44:26 pm »
UTC/GMT does not change with Summertime, so it;s a good thing to reference. The day the world stop messing with timezones is the day everyone understands timezones. x_x

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2014, 06:51:18 pm »
UTC/GMT does not change with Summertime, so it;s a good thing to reference. The day the world stop messing with timezones is the day everyone understands timezones. x_x
Don't reference GMT. GMT "changes" to BST. Just reference UTC, it isn't a "local" time zone at all.

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2014, 06:30:47 am »
Agree to use UTC,

because i'm tired to always check and check again about PST, EST, and other specific timezones ...
And i think more people know their UTC zone than their PST or other.


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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2014, 10:49:40 am »
Please do. Everything would be so much easier with only UTC.

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2014, 06:45:03 am »
An idea I've been proposing lately, instead of a converter, is to use a countdown in the main thread of the event, like this:

http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/fullscreen.html?mode=m&iso=20140906T22&year=2014&month=9&day=6&hour=22&min=0&sec=0&p0=341&msg=Dummy%20Countdow

The conversion problem is not present, since the countdown is set by the organizers in whatever timezone they prefer.

A countdown is even more universal than agreeing on using this or that timezone, something that starts in 3 hours will start in the same moment no matter where you are.

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Re: Organisers: Please consider using UTC timezone
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2014, 06:53:11 am »
An idea I've been proposing lately, instead of a converter, is to use a countdown in the main thread of the event, like this:

http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/fullscreen.html?mode=m&iso=20140906T22&year=2014&month=9&day=6&hour=22&min=0&sec=0&p0=341&msg=Dummy%20Countdow

The conversion problem is not present, since the countdown is set by the organizers in whatever timezone they prefer.

A countdown is even more universal than agreeing on using this or that timezone, something that starts in 3 hours will start in the same moment no matter where you are.

I would like both UTC time and this countdown so v v much.