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Old 11-05-2010, 08:24   #1
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How to switch the date formate from euro to standard (US)?

As it stands todays date is shown:
11-05-10


And I would rather it be shown:
05-11-10


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Old 11-05-2010, 08:26   #2
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Today is May 11, 2010... Not the 11th of May, 2010 -- silly computador.
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The date format is a system wide option, not user specific option so it can't be changed for specific users.

As we have such a large international user base it seems this might be the better way of doing things.
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Since it is an international forum, wouldn't the International Standard ISO 8601 date format, e.g.

2010 - 05 -11
YYYY-MM-DD

be a good choice? This format is the least ambiguous of all the date forms. It is already widely used in Europe. And this is the form we in Canada are supposed to be adopting for our cheque writing.

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-time.html
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While the current date format has served us well for many years there might be some reasons to tweak it. I will bring it up to the site staff to get opinions.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:39   #6
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Today is May 11, 2010... Not the 11th of May, 2010 -- silly computador.
What do we call Independence Day....the 4th of July.

I like 11th of May, 2010
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You're right that actually spelling out the name of the month is really the best way to avoid any confusion, James. I don't know if that's an option in the vBulletin software, though. If it is, we could use the month abbreviations they use in the futures markets (all months have three-letter abbreviations.)
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Just to confuse a Global Community, there are three ways of showing the date - month/day/year (USA); day/month/year (UK) and year/month/day - see Calendar date - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spelling things out makes certain that everyone is on the same page.
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Since it is an international forum, wouldn't the International Standard ISO 8601 date format, e.g.

2010 - 05 -11
YYYY-MM-DD

be a good choice? This format is the least ambiguous of all the date forms. It is already widely used in Europe. And this is the form we in Canada are supposed to be adopting for our cheque writing.

International standard date and time notation
How can we use your date format when you can't spell "check" correctly?



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I guess when Americans learn to spell cheque correctly, they will also adopt the metric system like the rest of the civilized world. I wonder which will happen first?

That was a joke.
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I guess when Americans learn to spell cheque correctly, they will also adopt the metric system like the rest of the civilized world. I wonder which will happen first?

That was a joke.
Neither - as much as I admire the metric system, it ain't happenin'. We Alaskans measure things in wolfskins or gold nuggets anyway!
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US - standard ???

I would start with the way we express standards outside of the US of A:

Like YYYY-MM-DD vs. say MM-DD-YY, whatever ...

To me the most readable format is the YYYY-MM-DD (and 5'10'' NOT 10''5'...), but I will take whatever the web throws at me - I am a non-US, non-standard and CAN convert & adjust ;-)))

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For international use I like the two numeral day, 3 alpha month and 4 numeral year. Compact, clear and standard character length.

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If we are going to change the date format, can we also go to the metric date/time system as the same time.

10 secs to the minute, 10 minutes to the hour, 10 hours to the day, 10 days to the week, 10 weeks to the month.....

Hang on, I got that wrong.... its 1 second, 1 decisecond, 1 centisecond, 1 kilosecond....

Barnie will convert for those not up to speed
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If we are going to change the date format, can we also go to the metric date/time system as the same time.

10 secs to the minute, 10 minutes to the hour, 10 hours to the day, 10 days to the week, 10 weeks to the month.....
There is much more to your idea than just the decimal number of units in any next level unit.

Actually, we could go one step further and adjust the length of one second, so that the year has 100 (or 1000) days rather than 365 ...Or, wait, am I mixing things up ???

;-)))

No matter what we do we will still have the lap year and, yes - 365 days in a (solar) year - not quite everything can be metricized, right?

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