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As a default, what time zone should the forum show?

EST
9 (42.9%)
CST
0 (0%)
MST
0 (0%)
PST
7 (33.3%)
GMT
5 (23.8%)
Other?
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 21

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Eagleray

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Default time zone to show?
« on: July 08, 2008, 20:07:38 UTC »
The present time zone shown on the forum by default is EDT, US east coast. Depending on where our forum members are predominantly from, what is a better choice? 

So vote for your time zone.  And we won't even ask you for a cash contribution ;)

Note that you can update your profile (Look & Layout Preferences) to show the time in whatever time zone you want (e.g. -3 hours time offset currently is PDT).
« Last Edit: July 08, 2008, 20:20:00 UTC by Eagleray »
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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 20:14:17 UTC »
I should have picked HST... then I could always imagine that I was drifting in the currents off the Kona coast, rather than stuck here in my office.
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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008, 20:15:40 UTC »
Ooops.  Your note said +3 would be Pacific Daylight Time.  I think you mean MINUS 3.  I just set my profile to show Mountain Standard (we in Arizona don't believe in daylight savings time) and it seems to have worked just fine.

I voted for the world zero time zone (GMT) assuming there would be forum members from all over the world.  An alternative might be Mountain Standard time, since Tucson (the diving capital of the world) is on that time.

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008, 20:17:26 UTC »
Like Andrew...I would also like to have picked the HST zone  :)  I reality ... I don't have a real preference one way or the other.  I live on the West Coast & as long as I have a time stamp to reference, I really don't care what the default time stamp is.

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008, 20:24:33 UTC »
LOL -- dead heat between east and west coasts.  I dont think i have ever cared about the timestamp on a post.  So i go with whatever makes people happy.
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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008, 20:25:39 UTC »
Since Undercurrent is published in California, shouldn't the default be PST?

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008, 20:35:29 UTC »
I prefer to change my vote now for GMT - ZULU.
Let's not think californian, or american, but as citizens of the diving world!

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2008, 01:06:34 UTC »
TEST
I believe to make your website truly multi-national, as I think most divers are, then the forum should be set to GMT, Zulu time.

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008, 02:18:58 UTC »
GMT makes the most sense to me too.

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2008, 21:30:13 UTC »
Anything's good, Zulu's very good. I assume post times will display adjusted for whatever offset I've selected.

. . . Warning: Nit Being Picked . . .

But note that, like others, I believe that if you settle, say, on US Pacific time, it's referred to as "Pacific Time." Depending on the time of year that becomes either "Pacific Standard" or "Pacific Daylight" time. But I can't count the times I've heard something along the following lines over the phone or online, in the middle of the Summer: "We're open nine to five Eastern standard time."

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2008, 09:17:27 UTC »
GMT - would be my pick

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2008, 13:24:49 UTC »
seeing as the USA will be split on this, GMT would make most sense and at least unify everyone there in being disappointed!!

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Re: Default time zone to show?
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2008, 14:29:59 UTC »
Well your postings confirm my feelings about this -- divided between east & west coasts.  And given that Undercurrent is on the west coast, our server on the east coast, and me, the webmaster, in Bali, we'll go with GMT.  (I'm not sure, but if you've set you're time difference in your profile already, you may need to adjust it when I make this change -- sorry.)

Thanks to all for the input.
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