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Preferred Date Format

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amaury, Apr 14, 2015.


What is your preferred date format and why?

  1. April 14, 2015

  2. 14 April 2015

  3. 4/14/2015

  4. 4/14/15

    0 vote(s)
  5. 14/4/2015

  6. 14/4/15

  7. Other. Please mention.

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    What is your preferred date format and why?

    Generally, I like the US numerical format with no leading zeroes and the full year, such as 4/9/2015. I do make one exception, which is on my YouTube video descriptions. For all my videos, I use "This video was recorded on April 14, 2015," just not that date, obviously, because I feel written out looks better there, but otherwise I prefer the numerical format.
  2. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I hate the US numerical format... its completely illogical...

    It should be DD/MM/YYYY, not MM/DD/YYYY.

    Why? Scaling degrees of significance.

    A set of days combines to create a month, and a set of months combine to create a year. So D < M < Y.

    April 14, 2015 is better expressed as 14 April 2015 because the degrees of significance increases with each piece of information.
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  3. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    That being said... when I note things, I would note April 14, 2015 as...


    For obvious reasons, its ordered the way it is because it has a DECREASING degree of significance. Having a decreased degree of significance is better for file formatting. If I am naming files and directories by date, and I do it "04-15-2015", then it would group all items in the month of April together, regardless of what year its from. So 2014 and 2013 folders would be mixed in with 2015.

    Naming it with a decreasing degree of significance insures that files and folders are sorted ACCURATELY.
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  4. sbj

    sbj Well-Known Member

    American people often use M/d/Y.
    So it is very confusing to have just numbers, specially when the seperator is a slash, then you can't know if it is the 5th of September or the 9th of April.
    Whereas in Europe it is standardized: d/m/Y, so 04.09.2015 with a dot as a seperator.

    But as the web is international, it is not a good idea to use only numbers and specially numbers without zeros in front of them.

    So the best way is, in my opinion: 14 April 2015
    This is foolproof for every human being, if the months are phrased like in Xenforo, so in a different language it will look differently.
    But if you don't want to have the problem with a word in a date because some people might won't understand that word (the month), the European way is the best way as 14.09.2015 or 14.09.15
  5. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    On a third note, when I do my tournaments, I have dates listed at the bottom. We have a large international community and most countries do not do the US ordering. They would instead, PROPERLY do DD/MM/YYYY. So rather than doing MM/DD/YYYY or DD/MM/YYYY which could create confusion because of varying locales between viewers; I would instead do:

  6. sbj

    sbj Well-Known Member

    Yeah, for file formatting the best way is indeed Y/m/d
  7. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    I've not voted for an option as there are three I would use in different circumstances, 14 April 2015, 14/4/15 and 14/4/2015.

    As Jaxel has said, the US date system is completely illogical. It makes no sense to put the month before the day and have the date last. The two logical systems are DMY (used in European and other countries) and YMD (typically used in countries like Japan and China).

    Here's some info on which countries use what format. Very few use MDY.

  8. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    Makes no sense having the month, before the day.
    Just like it makes no sense to use the Imperial system in the 21st century, either, there's only about 3? countries who still use it, the USA included. ;)
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I presume you mean Imperial?
  10. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    2015/04/14 13:22.59
    15/04/14 13:22.59

    2nd of March in 2011 :
    2011/03/02 13:22.59
    11/03/02 13:22.59
  11. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    I Did edit my post :p
    I haven't slept...in a while, lol
  12. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    @Martok, you can use the Other option for that, or, if it's possible (@Brogan?), a staff member can edit the poll and enable multiple choice of up to three.
  13. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Always, always, always d/m/yyyy

    I honestly have no idea how someone can use a different method, completely illogical.

    When using a long date, I put:

    Day Date Month, Year

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  14. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    That's really long! :p
  15. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    That's why it's called the long date ;)

    When I was in secondary school, one of my Maths teachers (Years 7,9 & 10) insisted on the long date being used, specifically that format...
  16. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Derp. Didn't realize I could do it.

    Up to four choices can be selected now.
  17. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Am I too tired?
    I don't get that what's Date for in it:
    Day Date Month, Year
  18. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    For example, Tuesday, 14 April 2015.
  19. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Isn't that example Day, Date?
  20. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Which is what @Liam W posted he usually does. Isn't that what you were confused about?

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