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    Suggestion for date format

    I saw this coming ten years ago, now it's happening.

    I haven't been around much in the past year, so I was browsing the posts from the last few months. As I was jumping around, I had a rough time trying to figure out when a post was created. "01/02/01" Was that made in January or February? It gets worst when considering the format used by other organizations. My current client insists on using MM/DD/YY while so many others use DD/MM/YY.

    The ISO standard date (a terribly logical one IMHO) is YYYY-MM-DD -- there's NO confusing this one. While I can see the reason for using a YY format over a YYYY format here, I humbly beseech the Lords of the Lounge to consider my modest proposal for changing the Lounge date format to YY-MM-DD to aid my addled brain.

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    Hi,
    On my screen your post is showing with a date of 01/05/11 - is that not what you want?
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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    No, a slight, but significant difference. Using the suggested format you would see 01-05-11. Although not quite ISO (with it's long year format), it's close enough, but it's different enough from all the "/" variations to make it easier to distinguish at a glance.

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    I am new to your Lounge and find it to be very well done and hope to become an active member. I am just a Lurker now but I have to agree with Jezsik, I too found the date format to be a little confusing.

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    You're right, it does look better - I've changed it as you suggested.
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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    It <big>would</big> be more obvious with a yyyy instead of just a yy, though. Every time I look at a post in collapsed form, I have to translate to figure out what the date means. Coming from a mmddyy bias, it have great difficulty remembering what order to read the darn thing in!
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    Re: Suggestion for date format

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    Hey, dat's good.

    thank you.
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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    There will be no way to satisfy everyone as to indicating dates. So, for what it's worth, I'll give my preference. Although you may not agree that it is appropriate for this forum, my suggested method leaves no doubt, and at a first glance, what the intended date is. First, a little background: I have been actively doing genealogy and family history for 25 years (I started in 1976) and nothing is more important than getting the date right. In that context, there is only one way to show dates: DDMMMYYYY. Generally today, dates are written as, say, February 7, 2001. In genealogy, the accepted practice is to show it as 7 February 2001. You do not need a comma between the day and month, nor between the month and year. Most of the time, however, the month is shown with only it's first three letters, and with no period (as in an abbreviation), thus, 7 Feb 2001. That is the way I have been giving dates for years. Therefore, when doing research, or at any other time for that matter, when I see the date above written as MMDDYY: 2/7/01 or 02-07-01, or something similar, it means absolutely nothing to me without studying the content or context. It stops me dead in my tracks. Is it the 2nd of July?, or the 7th of February?; and is it 1901 or 2001? Certainly in a contemporary forum such as this, the year indication only requires two digits: 01, 02, etc., so if I could choose a method of giving dates in this specific forum, it would be: 7 Feb 01, or 7-Feb-01. In any case, the month must be indicated by letters, not numbers. In dating the postings, just give the date; is the time of day of posting that important? If a posting is listed below another with the same date, it is obvious that it was posted later than the preceding one on that same day.

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    Here ya go. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> We *do* need the time though - don't forget you can change the sort order!
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    That looks good to me <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. Can there be any confusion now as to what the posting date is, and at a quick first glance, too. There will be others to weigh in on this issue yet, though...maybe.

    James

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    Wow. Never thought I'd see it, but the US actually giving up a confusing format and replacing it with something sensible. (Only kidding. Can't stand flames). It's so much clearer now.

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    It is by far the least confusing date format so far, and full marks to James for suggesting it and <img src=/S/queen.gif border=0 alt=queen width=19 height=20>Eileen for the prompt adoption. I see in Scuttlebut wher MS Icons go grey when user counts reach 500, so how does Eileen manage 5,000 Loungers and keep her hair jet black.

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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    Oooooh! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! <img src=/S/kiss.gif border=0 alt=kiss width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/kiss.gif border=0 alt=kiss width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/kiss.gif border=0 alt=kiss width=15 height=15> That is soooo much easier to read.
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    Re: Suggestion for date format

    Actually I'm a Platinum Blonde so nobody noticed when it went white. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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