I'm sure a few of you out there use the country_options_for_select
which is a very useful helper for quickly adding all the countries to
a select list which works well for user signups and credit card
processing. I am responsible for website at OEM.com, we get a fair
amount of Asian traffic and we have received numerous complaints to
the labeling of Taiwan as a province of China, regardless of where
your stance is, I would think we would want to keep rails as neutral
as possible which is why I created a patch and ticket to fix the
COUNTRIES constant to just label Taiwan, as... Taiwan. Please leave
some feedback on the issue as to what you guys think. Ticket URL
Firstly I'm sorry for the controversy this list has caused your customers.
The list as it stands come from the ISO standard # 3166, and is the
best neutral option for us when it comes to finding a country list.
Whatever faults the list may have, it comes from UN sources.
Making the change you suggest may seem from your perspective to be
returning the list to a neutral state, but it's likely to be perceived
by others as a provacative statement in support of taiwanese
We won't accept patches which cause this list to differ from the ISO
list, I'm sorry. You can make the changes in your own application
relatively easily, and I'd suggest that that's the best option for