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, 2011 at 3:11
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    How many countries have an "Eastern" time zone?
    – Gabe
    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:24
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    At least two. Including Australia. @gab
    – random
    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:31
  • I think Europe and Brazil also have Eastern times.
    – Gabe
    Mar 26, 2011 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. Mar 26, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 10:54


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