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Local time compatibility
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After T275303 was resolved, I ask to add to the settings a number field for time shifting. For example, if the field value is 3, all timestamps will appear as "+3 hours". You do not need to think about time zones, or summer time. If some user wants to change in settings 3 to 4 every March and back every October - it's that user's buisiness. You should maintain the number only. Thanks.

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IKhitron changed the subtype of this task from "Task" to "Feature Request".Mar 11 2021, 2:25 PM
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But why? Please include use cases and describe underlying actual problems, instead of potential solutions only. Thanks.

It is not a bug, so there are no "actual problems". Only a feature to help 99% of users that do not live in Greenwich timezone to use the product without the same calculations of what does this timestump actually mean at each line.

@IKhitron: When you ask for a feature, you likely want to solve some problem by having that feature. Not sure why you write "It is not a bug"; that's irrelevant.
Is this a request to add custom timezone support for the Global Watchlist only? Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering already offers to set the "Time zone" in the "Time offset" area, why not respect that setting instead?

Is this a request to add custom timezone support for the Global Watchlist only?

This will be the result.

Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering already offers to set the "Time zone" in the "Time offset" area, why not respect that setting instead?

Because the list is on Meta, it can't respect or even recognize this value for the user's home wiki.

@IKhitron: Ah, thanks. Could you elaborate why you have different time zone settings on meta than on your "home wiki", and why the Special:GlobalWatchlist page on meta should not follow your time zone settings on meta?

Because Meta is not supposed to be a local wiki for my local timezone, but it's just me. If Danny prefers, using the Meta value could be the second best for most of users that do have their local time there. In this case I will definitely use my local zone on Meta for this purpose.

I guess then I'd like to understand why you would not set your local timezone on meta in the Preferences on meta, if you want Special:GlobalWatchlist on meta to show your local timezone. Which disadvantages do you see if you set your local timezone on meta in the Preferences on meta?

I just do not expect from international site to work like it's local. And the global list for me is a part of my local wiki, as before, with irrelevant address, not a part of Meta. But again, it's just me.

BTW, Danny, if you do think it's better to use the Meta local timezone, please decline this task, I'll create another one with accordand description.

I took a time to think about this, and decided to take the @Aklapper's suggestion. While the extensions' settings number as I asked will be better to me, I'm sure that most of the users will prefer the time zone in wiki settings. So, I've created T278440 and I'm closing this one.