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I have a sad record. First question asked in this site and it's been voted and closed for off-topic:

Wrong timezone offset. How do I correct it? (help with zic timezone compiler)

A user, @Gilles, kindly enough pointed this thread out which suggests otherwise:
Mac OS X: What's on topic?

I have read the FAQ BEFORE posting and really thought, my question to be a good fit. especially bullet list items 2 and 3:

  • The Unix foundation underlying MacOS (but generally not frontend application questions)
  • The underlying *nix OS on an embedded system or handheld device (e.g. an Android phone)

I'd like to understand the reason for closing the question. In order to avoid off-topicness of future questions.

Normally I would not challenge the votes to close, but I have genuinely no clue why the question is not Unix-related. It might well be my inexperience and failure to understand what Unix is. Either way I'd love to know and further educate myself.

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    Your question is open, and deservedly so. – jasonwryan Jan 27 '13 at 19:52
  • Ah! very nice! Re-reading it all, I think I should have lead with "I need help with zic". That way I think I could have avoided the whole closing question business. I have a feeling of inadecuacy. Nearly 100% of the Unix & Linux questions are way over my head and this shows in the phrasing of the question which in turn hurts my chances of getting an answer. At least that's a current suspicion of mine. Could you help me out a bit? – leugim Jan 28 '13 at 0:40
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    Sorry, I don't know anything at all about Macs or ipods... – jasonwryan Jan 28 '13 at 1:15

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