Screenshot of date on latest blog post

Perhaps you haven’t noticed this, but there are only 12 months in a year, not 24.

The date style used on the sites themselves (Sep 13) seems to suit everyone, so why not go with that? Personally, I’d prefer the date before the month name, rather than after, as this better suits the way I speak dates: I say the third of October or the twenty-fourth of the fourth, not March fifth. However, the way dates are written here is, at least, not confusing.

The problem with dates is that they have written representations, and they are also spoken, but the two aren’t necessarily intertwined. In other words, when saying a date aloud, I don’t generally read it, I simply say it.

J.R., English Language & Usage.

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    It's in American format - MM-DD-YY – ChrisF Apr 30 '14 at 15:45
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    Yeah @ChrisF. Otherwise known as "Huh? WTF? Oh. Oh, it's American. Sigh." US style trips me up for about 30 seconds every time I see it. – TRiG Apr 30 '14 at 15:52
  • @TRiGisTimothyRichardGreen Let's say that X% of the active users of the blogs are from the US and prefer the current format. What percentage of X to you propose is low enough that we should use someone else's preference? – Pollyanna Apr 30 '14 at 16:02
  • @AdamDavis. I dunno. But nor have I seen any evidence that Americans are dissatisfied with the date style used on the sites themselves. Have you? – TRiG Apr 30 '14 at 16:03
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    It's also an issue of the reverse confusion, with the same statement: "There are only 12 months in a year, not 24! See: 24-04-14". So it's a matter of which way confuses fewer people. Though I'd prefer what Adam says in his answer. – Andrew Barber Apr 30 '14 at 16:16
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    @ChrisF I think the point of the question is that blogs' formats aren't the same as the Q&A sites' formats (Apr 24). Whether m/d or d/m is more useful isn't the discussion. – Raystafarian Apr 30 '14 at 18:16
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    @Ray my comment was made on the initial version of the question. That just made reference to there not being 24 months in a year. – ChrisF Apr 30 '14 at 19:11
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    Has nobody ever heard of ISO 8601?!! – michaelb958--GoFundMonica May 1 '14 at 5:40
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    YYYY-MM-DD is what I use myself, @michaelb958, and I suspect no one is actually confused by it, but some people don't find it friendly. (SE sites are not just for programmers these days.) I'd be happy with that, but my actual proposal is to match the blogs to the sites. – TRiG May 1 '14 at 9:05

Recently the blog was redesigned, and the date format is now similar to the one used right there (or on any SE sites).

So currently it seems that the date is quite clear.

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I'm a big fan of d-mmm-yyyy, so that one would be 24-Apr-2014. Unambiguous in English, regardless of the local customs. Would need to adjust the mmm bit for other language sites.

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  • This request just applies to blogs, so localization isn't an issue (yet). – Adam Lear Apr 30 '14 at 15:48
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    This is good because it's entirely unambiguous, and it's more immediately familiar to people who are used to the American formatting. (I would personally prefer ISO formatting, yyyy-mm-dd, but I'm sure there are people who find it every bit as confusing as TRiG does American formatting.) – Jonathan Garber Apr 30 '14 at 16:20
  • @JonathanGarber: ISO format is never ambiguous. It may be unfamiliar the first few times someone sees it, but that's not nearly as bad, since that way the confusion rapidly reduces rather than remaining constant. – Nathan Tuggy Jul 4 '15 at 19:03

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