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Currently dates are shown as MMM DD YY for eg. jun 11 12. This is confusing, because it is not widely used.

Rather it would be better if dates are shown as DD MMM YY like 11 jun 12, which is used in large number of countries.

It's a small feature-request. Vote up or down as per your choice. Thanks.

EDIT: Cyan is the region where DD/MM is used , Magenta is the region where MM/DD is used.Image taken from Wikipedia.

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    I'd go for ISO8601 formatting (YYYY-MM-DD) instead, otherwise you'd never stop with the localized date formats.. – Martijn Pieters Apr 3 '14 at 9:36
  • @MartijnPieters I knew someone would come up with that, but not so quickly.That isn't bad either, just that it's not so famous – Registered User Apr 3 '14 at 9:40
  • It's clear enough as it is. If it was only numbers, then this feature request would make more sense. – Qantas 94 Heavy Apr 3 '14 at 9:40
  • @AdityaPatil Famous or not, it's an ISO standard so you know it's the way to go. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Apr 3 '14 at 9:40
  • Ok, should we go ISO way? I'm ready to change question. – Registered User Apr 3 '14 at 9:41
  • Do you have tangible evidence that DD MM YY is more widely used than MM DD YY (worldwide)? – Frédéric Hamidi Apr 3 '14 at 9:41
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    @FrédéricHamidi man strftime says %m/%d/%y. Yecch—for Americans only.Americans should note that in other countries %d/%m/%y is rather common. This means that in international context this format is ambiguous and should not be used.) (SU) – Registered User Apr 3 '14 at 9:43
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    @FrédéricHamidi Mostly Only US uses MM/DD. – Registered User Apr 3 '14 at 9:44
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country there's a map! I like maps. – nkjt Apr 3 '14 at 9:45
  • Got it, thanks :) I did not imagine the US were so isolated in doing that. Clearly that magenta should go :) – Frédéric Hamidi Apr 3 '14 at 9:46
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    If you change your question to ask for ISO format, it will be a duplicate of Can we have a user preference for ISO standard date format for all dates/times? – Stijn Apr 3 '14 at 9:53
  • Well, I honestly don't think this will give a big advantage for users. In fact, it may make regular users be confused with sudden change because they have already accustomed to current format. I'm abstaining with a tend to disagree. – Meta Andrew T. Apr 3 '14 at 9:55
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    Note that the strftime manpage talks about a different format using only numbers; 06/11/12 is ambiguous, jun 11 2012 is not. – Martijn Pieters Apr 3 '14 at 10:08
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    The point where it gets really ambiguous is when the year isn't shown for dates this year – Richard Tingle Apr 3 '14 at 10:33
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    What Richard Tingle said. Mar 13 is incredibly ambiguous compared to 13 Mar when the year is omitted. – OGHaza Apr 3 '14 at 12:01

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