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About Time Zones

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Coruscant, Mar 27, 2004.

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  1. Coruscant

    Coruscant Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Why are people not allowed to specify their time zone? I post at several other boards and specifying your time zone is allowed just fine.

    Is it because the snowboards or snowball.com doesn't allow it or something? :confused:
     
  2. KnightWriter

    KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    It wasn't built into the board code.

    For a long time, the system clock was way off. People were amazed when it was finally fixed.
     
  3. Coruscant

    Coruscant Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Couldn't zerosleep or someone like him fix the board code so time zone selection would be available? :confused: Selective time zones would really be helpful to fledgling newbies. :)
     
  4. KnightWriter

    KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'd say it's pretty far down on the list of things that could use fixing or adding.
     
  5. Coruscant

    Coruscant Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I'd say it's pretty far down on the list of things that could use fixing or adding.

    What things are on top? [face_mischief]

    IMO, I don't know why selective time zones wouldn't be on the top of that list. I've known some people who are really turned off by forums that don't have a matching time zone to their own. People I met on other forums and communicate with regularly on IM. I once showed a person to the JC and she thought she just couldn't get used to it because there was only the Pacific Time Zone.
     
  6. Dark Lady Mara

    Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    What things are on top?

    Bugs, security issues, other things that are necessary for better board functioning. I think time zone issues are relatively cosmetic on a system with as many lingering problems as snowboards.
     
  7. Darth Dark Helmet

    Darth Dark Helmet Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    IMO, I don't know why selective time zones wouldn't be on the top of that list. I've known some people who are really turned off by forums that don't have a matching time zone to their own. People I met on other forums and communicate with regularly on IM. I once showed a person to the JC and she thought she just couldn't get used to it because there was only the Pacific Time Zone

    Yes, that's much more important then making sure everyone can stay logged in.
     
  8. Coruscant

    Coruscant Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    So are these bugs and stuff always having to be fixed daily? Are they a usual thing? :confused: The boards seem pretty fine to me....I guess zerosleep does his job well. 8-}

    EDIT: Hey Darth Dark Helment, I have an idea...how about supplying me with info that will convince me that bugs and stuff are much more important to deal with rather than sarcasm? :)
     
  9. Darth Dark Helmet

    Darth Dark Helmet Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Okay. Its a time zone, it involves simple addition or subtraction on your part. And what's more, your computer has a clock on it. You don't need the JC to know what time it is. I know I don't. When I want to know the time, I'll look at my watch.

    So why should Zerosleep waste time trying to fix that over trying to fix some of the bugs that still make it possible for people to hack the Modsquad? Why should he drop down, keeping everyone logged in all the time, to work on a petty little, cosmetic issue? Why should he stop working to make sure thay we don't get error messages with every post late at night, so you can know what time it is in Zimbabwae? The answer is, he shouldn't. All those things are more important to the day to day operation and continued operation of these boards. The clock means nothing.
     
  10. YoungJedi11

    YoungJedi11 Jedi Knight star 5

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    I like the time zone, I happen to be in the Pacific. :D
     
  11. Coruscant

    Coruscant Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Okay. Didn't know it was such a "cosmetic" issue.

    BTW, I live in pacific time (board time). I'm just being a man for others.
     
  12. YoungJedi11

    YoungJedi11 Jedi Knight star 5

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    I'm just being a man for others.

    ?[face_plain]
     
  13. Coruscant

    Coruscant Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I'm just being a man for others.

    It's the motto of the high school I attend. It's being Christian, helping others, doing things for others...a life with the purpose of standing for others, not yourself. ;)

    I could really go in further detail with explaining the phrase...gotta get out of my planner.
     
  14. YoungJedi11

    YoungJedi11 Jedi Knight star 5

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    Well, I feel ya, but I really don't think this is something a fuss needs to be made over.
     
  15. jedi_master_ousley

    jedi_master_ousley Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I think Dark Helmet pretty much nailed it with the security issues.

    I mean, I don't live in the Pacific time zone, and I manage fine. I know plenty of Aussies and people from other random time zones (such as Malaysia and Korea) that seem to function just fine.

    The fact is that it really doesn't matter. You still post, no matter what time the board says it is.

    Its also kinda nice that its the same for everyone. That way, you can say "Such and such game ends at ___ board time" to prevent confusion.
     
  16. Darth_Asabrush

    Darth_Asabrush Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    DDH, drop the sarcasm. The guy was only asking a question for God's sake!
     
  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    The only time board time is off-normal for me is this week. We in the UK are 8 hours ahead of board time, so we just add 8 to the time. However, our clocks went ahead at 2am and the US hasn't gone ahead yet so for this week we are 9 hours ahead of board time. I was on for awhile this morning wondering why things were so dead til I remembered the extra hour.
     
  18. mac-nut

    mac-nut Jedi Knight star 5

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    If you want the world to know what your real life time is, just include it at the end of your posty. sort of a "signature block". like this. 6:26 AM, Hawaiian Standard Time, Sunday, 28 March 2004, which is 2 hours behind board time.
     
  19. Kyp

    Kyp Jedi Master star 4

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    It's not like the security issues/bugs ever get fixed. All zerosleep seems to be doing is fixing broken links and re-naming stuff, and the users on this forum go "yay, zerosleep, thank you for dedicating all your precious time to fixing the JC, what would we ever do without you?". Maybe if you encrypted the passwords in the database these 'bugs' and 'security issues' would get fixed.

    And then, there's the security/tech admin. who e-mails IGN whenever there's a problem. Good stuff.


     
  20. mac-nut

    mac-nut Jedi Knight star 5

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    zerosleep works for IGN/Snowball, not TFN/JC/FF. He is limited as to what he can do for us, is my understanding from previous threads.
     
  21. Dingo

    Dingo Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    zerosleep does work for IGN. All of IGN, meaning that he doesn't just exclusively work on fixing up things for the IGNBoards software, but a lot of tech stuff for their entire site and affiliates.

    And as an FYI, there are at least 3 different versions of IGNBoards that are currently running, all with some degrees of variance between them. It's not like he has the easiest task, nor does all the factors affecting things purely come from a code stand-point.
     
  22. mac-nut

    mac-nut Jedi Knight star 5

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    I think we're doing fine for a free board. I understand, from other boards and other threads/posties, that we could get the mercedes level of board operation if we bought those services, so for $20.00 a user times 136,000 users (what is our membership number now??) would give us all a gold plated or solid silver one...... In the meantime, for a freebee, what we have is great. :) :D
     
  23. Ozzel

    Ozzel TF.N Foreign Book Covers Staff star 5 VIP

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    I remember back when the boards had their own time zone. I'd forgetten it was fixed until KW mentioned it. I never even look at the times anymore. I wouldn't mind seeing the time in the CST, but I can live without.
     
  24. Bria

    Bria Manager Emeritus, -MNFF Council star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I wouldn't mind seeing the time in the CST, but I can live without.

    I agree. I like on other boards that I can specify my timezone. But it really doesn't make that much of a difference and I understand that it isn't a top issue.
     
  25. droideka27

    droideka27 Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I live in PST so everything's super great for me :cool:
     
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