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Currently there is a global site message of

There will be a short outage starting at 12:30 Eastern time as we tune the Database hardware

which completely fails to give me the intended information of when this actually is happening.

Just as I do not assume that you know that Norwegian sommertid equals GMT+2, you should not expect me to know that Eastern time equals GMT minus something.

Can you please always, always, always include some numeric information when referring to time zones?

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Or even better, just use UTC like the rest of the site when making announcements – Yi Jiang Mar 26 '11 at 3:11
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How many countries have an "Eastern" time zone? – Gabe Mar 26 '11 at 3:24
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At least two. Including Australia. @gab – random Mar 26 '11 at 3:31
    
I think Europe and Brazil also have Eastern times. – Gabe Mar 26 '11 at 3:35
    
@Gabe: yes, Eastern European Time (EET), UTC+2. There is a list at List of time zone abbreviations. Eastern Standard Time (EST), UTC-5 should be unique, in contrast to Eastern time. – Peter Mortensen Mar 26 '11 at 15:29
    
And I'm just guessing that maybe Russia do too. @Gabe Brazil does have one, but it's highly overlooked as almost nobody lives there! :P – cregox Apr 15 '11 at 10:53
    
@Zypher (or anyone else) just wondering... Does it matter if this question is "solved" but no answers are given so it can be "marked" as such? – cregox Apr 15 '11 at 10:54

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