CZ:Managing Editor/2011/008 - Time and date at Citizendium

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What time and date should be used in Citizendium articles when covering events? Should there be a distinction between events involving one or several time zones? Example events: Earthquakes, dates of birth, declarations of independence. --Daniel Mietchen 14:14, 2 May 2011 (CDT)

Also, it seems to me that time and date in general are not covered by any existing policy, so I have broadened the scope of this ticket. --Daniel Mietchen 03:43, 9 May 2011 (CDT)

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Draft decision

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Discussion of Draft decision

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For communication within Citizendium, time and date should be assumed to refer to UTC, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Within Citizendium articles, a distinction is to be made for events that are or were confined to one time zone, or not. If an event was confined to one time zone, the Citizendium article should state the respective times in local time and date (as defined at the time of the event) if possible. If an event occurred across several time zones, it is strongly recommended that the Citizendium article state the time and date according to UTC. In both cases, exceptions require justification by a relevant Editor.

--Daniel Mietchen 17:26, 13 May 2011 (CDT) (as Managing Editor)

Post-decision comments

I can't remember noticing this at the time it was made, but John's adding it to the Rules page alerted me. It seems to me this perhaps should be rethought. Would it not be a bit odd to date the October Revolution to October without mentioning that most of the world counted it as November? Peter Jackson 16:46, 9 June 2014 (UTC)