Dev Chat Update – Timezones and Daylight Saving Time

Having discussed the following in both dev chat conversations last week this post is to bring you up to date with some small tweaks being made to bring both dev chat meetings into closer alignment.

The chat that happens at 0500UTC is more accessible to APAC region but has felt like it’s been appended to and has less weight than the 2000UTC meeting. After discussion last week in both meetings, the following changes are being made to balance that weight, and to also hopefully help encourage more participation in the newer meeting.

The 0500UTC chat will move 24hours earlier to Wednesday so both chats will fall on the same day.

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This change clears the path to be able to refer to the dev chats by time rather than by region and hopefully removes blockers from anyone attending or wishing to attend who may have felt they were on the margins because they are based outside of APAC.

However, what is yet to be confirmed is how we respond to daylight saving changes. Whether the UTC timing of the chat shifts to stay consistent with local time (as it has done in the past), or whether the timing of the chat stays consistent with UTC and therefore changes locally when the clocks change.

The decision on this should be made before the next daylight saving changes take effect. The timeline for those changes is below in order they occur. Also noted is how keeping consistent with UTC will affect the timing of dev chat.

  • New Zealand – Sept 27 2020 – Later by 1 hour
  • Australia – October 4 2020 – Later by 1 hour
  • UK/EU – October 25 2020 – Earlier by 1 hour
  • US – November 1 2020 – Earlier by 1 hour

So, now here’s the question: Do we keep the time consistent with UTC? Or local time?

Props @peterwilsoncc for proofreading.

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