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This thread was archived on 10 April 2012 by Matthew2602.


The recent 2012 Easter event has shown that there is some disagreement over what time zone should be used in articles to show start times of events. There is currently no policy covering this, which makes it hard to justify reverts back to the UTC times currently displayed on the article.

I am proposing a new addition to the style guide concerning this situation.

The time zone used to indicate event start and end times in game should be UTC, as this is a constant time zone that does not need to be adjusted for daylight savings time, as well as the one that this wiki uses and the one that Jagex servers run on.

This will probably not stop the IPs from changing it to BST (or BST incorrectly labelled as GMT), or whatever time zone they prefer, but it will give regular editors a reason to point them to when they revert. Small recharge gem.png AnselaJonla Slayer-icon.png 11:14, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Discussion

Support - as proposer Small recharge gem.png AnselaJonla Slayer-icon.png 11:14, April 3, 2012 (UTC) Support - as it is the timezone Jagex and this wiki runs on; and it also is the international standard. Neitiznot  Choose OptionMy userpage Talk to me! Spam goes here Sign here! 11:17, April 3, 2012 (UTC) Support - Sure. 222 talk 11:21, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - Don't even get me started. After running events in clans for several years... *shudders at time zone memories*. After Jagex came up with the new forums/website layout, they changed all their times to UTC thankfully. We should just go with that, it's logical. sssSp7p.pngIjLCqFF.png 12:03, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support -As annoying as it is for me to convert, least we'll have some sort of uniform time. Fusaka 12:05, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - As someone who is sick of Americans assuming there is only one time zone, and that England uses that time zone, I support.

12:28, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

..If "Americans" thought that, this proposal wouldn't change anything. sssSp7p.pngIjLCqFF.png 12:30, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - UTC should be the only time used unless it is intended to be used in only 1 specific timezone, which should really only be for player run events, as on that page people kept adding in EST as well What I've done Ciphrius Kane Talk 12:48, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - Per Fergie. Ronan Talk 12:53, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - As an American knowing there is more than one time zone. svco4bY.png3Gf5N2F.png 14:13, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - Per nominator. It's already the defacto standard, we just need to make it official. Hofmic Talk 14:32, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

And call it UTC. Less confusing, more common, and "looks better". Hofmic Talk 22:37, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - I find it easier to go by UTC since the servers never change on both Wikia and on any of the RuneScape servers than Central Time in the USA. I mean, everyone can see the displayTimer in the GlobalNavigation bar that is always updating as UTC. I don't understand why people try to put things in BST when UTC is how the events are determined most of the time. Ryan PM 15:09, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Comment - There is now Template:Time for notifying people of our use of the UTC timezone on their talk page. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 20:02, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - But call it GMT. Looks better. --LiquidTalk 20:22, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

2 reasons why not. 1) It's labelled at UTC in the GlobalNavigation bar. 2) Some people don't know the difference between GMT and BST; I had to educate someone in the chat about it just yesterday. Small recharge gem.png AnselaJonla Slayer-icon.png 20:24, April 3, 2012 (UTC)
UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) sounds better to me. Less chance anyone tries to accuse us of only catering to Brits. cqm talk 15:06, April 4, 2012 (UTC)
If I wanted to make that accusation I'd point to the spelling guides, not this. Besides, the fact that I'm an American pushing for GMT should dispel any of that notion. --LiquidTalk 16:46, April 4, 2012 (UTC)
Also GMT isn't used anymore, it's UTC now... (UTC is teh time standard.) Lol Neitiznot  Choose OptionMy userpage Talk to me! Spam goes here Sign here! 12:53, April 7, 2012 (UTC)
Actually GMT is used in Britain, Ireland and Portugal I believe What I've done Ciphrius Kane Talk 13:12, April 7, 2012 (UTC)
GMT is generally used but really we are time zone UTC+0 (or UTC+1 March-October). As far as I am aware GMT is a deprecated name that is still in general use, probably because people don't like change. Quest.png Gaz Lloyd 7:^]Events!99s 16:53, April 7, 2012 (UTC)
Or because we were too lazy to make the change properly *points to miles instead of kilometres*. cqm talk 23:10, April 7, 2012 (UTC)

Support - Per almost everyone 2-3 cake.png Feeshee yay!Corrupted Ascension signet III.png 21:11, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - And call it UTC. Many Britons seem to think that their time zone is always GMT, not aware that there is a distinction between mean time and summer time. It is easier to convert from a uniform time zone such as UTC into local time, especially when half of the Northern Hemisphere has rolled into summer time and the other hasn't (Europe vs. North America). It also makes it easier on Australians than if the canonical time zone were, say, EDT (UTC-4) in their winter. Conversions for convenience and a timeanddate.com link should continue to be encouraged.

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22:12, April 3, 2012 (UTC)

Support - Matt (t) 10:36, April 4, 2012 (UTC)

Support - It's already used to time and date every thing else, might as well make it official. cqm talk 15:06, April 4, 2012 (UTC)

Support - Per all, best to have it included in policy. --Aburnett(Talk) 20:17, April 4, 2012 (UTC)

Closed - A section on time zones will be added to RS:STYLE. Matt (t) 00:09, April 10, 2012 (UTC)