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Use "December" instead of "Dec". "December" is more user friendly. Why you need to short it?

Edit: My ayes look for full names. I've never used the short ones. (And I'm trilingual)

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.. short it where? –  Sathya Aug 16 '11 at 11:04
    
above the username in the questions and answers –  ilhan Aug 16 '11 at 11:06
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I don't see how it's user friendly. Yes, it is a bit clearer but you're going to end up breaking the UI. –  Sathya Aug 16 '11 at 11:10
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You and I both knew that it was "December". Seems sufficiently user friendly. –  Cody Gray Aug 16 '11 at 11:15
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I'd rather have ISO dates myself (yyyy-mm-dd). Universal, string sortable... –  MPelletier Aug 16 '11 at 11:49
    
I don't think this is a good idea as I think it decreases readability. Any of the breaks interface arguments seem a bit pointless to me –  davidsleeps Aug 16 '11 at 11:51
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On StackOverflow it should be displayed as seconds since midnight 1/1/1970, using 64-bits of course. That should be clear enough for any programmer. For the programming-impaired, there's a greasemonkey script you can use to convert to non-programmer date strings. :-) –  tvanfosson Aug 16 '11 at 11:57

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Having the full month perhaps marginally improves the readability. For that, you get a broken layout - not very ideal.

Full Month

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I don't agree with the request, but I'm also not getting the argument that it has to break the UI. The UI is mutable, it can be adapted easily, in a number of ways. –  Wesley Murch Aug 16 '11 at 11:27
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@Wesley: The "Your Answer" box is just begging for your suggestion on how to do that. I, for one, don't think that the signature box ought to get any bigger than it already is, so I'm interested in how you'd alter the UI to fit more information given that constraint. –  Cody Gray Aug 16 '11 at 11:33
    
@Cody: It doesn't really make sense for me to answer, with ideas on how to fit it in the UI, if I don't support the proposal, but for example: i.stack.imgur.com/DJAyq.png –  Wesley Murch Aug 16 '11 at 11:42
    
"2009"? you broke it on purpose. -1 –  Nick Dandoulakis Aug 16 '11 at 11:45
    
@NickDandoulakis it's still broken with '09. --> i.imgur.com/8FCRA.png –  Sathya Aug 16 '11 at 11:56
    
Sathya I was kidding :) –  Nick Dandoulakis Aug 16 '11 at 12:02
    
@NickDandoulakis :( #Self #Fail –  Sathya Aug 16 '11 at 12:03

The box is not large enough to fit all the full name months:

See the very basic example here :

Measure

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In fact it could work on some sites like gaming:

Gaming.se

But not meta:

Meta.se

Also I don't really see the point of having full names printed. Anyone can understand it with a little. In the same way, we should write the year in full format: 2010? I'll stick to the K.I.S.S. paradigm.

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I prefer to have the year spelled out in full, as in "Two thousand ten". –  Wesley Murch Aug 16 '11 at 11:33
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@Wesley: "I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of <<User Name>> to be affixed this 17th day of December in the year of our Lord two thousand ten." –  Cody Gray Aug 16 '11 at 11:42
    
@Cody: That works, just add in the microseconds, moon phase, and dew point and I think we've got all the information we need. –  Wesley Murch Aug 16 '11 at 11:47

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