Did you notice the date format changes?

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Hi WikiTreers,

A few minutes ago we released two changes to how dates appear on WikiTree.

We have been very inconsistent in the past. In various contexts we have used:

  • Month DD, YYYY
  • DD Month YYYY
  • DD Mon YYYY

Since DD Mon YYYY was the popular choice, that is now the default. There will still be some places where other formats are used (we have a lot of code) but we'll try to eliminate those over time. If you see one that bothers you, post here.

We have also removed the apostrophes in decades. That is, in the past we have included apostrophes in decades like 1970's. Now we say 1970s.

Whether the apostrophe is grammatically incorrect is controversial (I love the posts on this G2G thread) but I don't think removing it will be. I'm sure you'll let me know if I was wrong.

Onward and upward,

Chris

in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Hi Ellen. I saw that. I don't think it's related, but I've posted a comment asking the person for more info.

"Popular choice" by ISO  is yyyy-mm-dd => 2019-08-19

Why not have an option on the user profile to select what is "popular" in my region

Well done Chris, long overdue.

Thanks, Athol.

Magnus, check out the exchange with AleŇ° on the "do you have input?" thread.
 

Just now noticed, Life Happens. It will take me quite a while to redo all of the biography sections of the profiles I manage and make the follow this new format, but it will get done. Having a standard format is a good thing I think.

This is a standard format for the display of dates in data fields in a profile, Dale.

I don't believe Chris is suggesting that this is the only allowable format for text sections. I personally prefer dd month yyyy formats (like 19 August 2016) for use in the text because that format avoid ambiguity, but I see plenty of reason for providing date information in other formats, particularly when quoting the dates in original records.

@Dale
Ellen is right

As the bio section is not structured and can never be used to anything else than reading it. It doesn't matter what date format you use or if you add wrong dates as those dates will probably never be checked/used....

I tried to get some structure in the bio section by suggestion that we should use a template to tell other users what calendar we have used but feels like it was a dead end....

Ps. Having internationalization is a good thing ;-)
I also tend to spell all words, including names of months dates in the bio section when writing in complete sentences.

1 Answer

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Can we please slightly change this to

DD Month YYYY

The abbreviations stand out like a sore thumb on profiles.  All of the standard information in our profiles is written out (other than middle initial), but now we have all of these abbreviated months.

 

7 November 1908 in Etna, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States

vs,

7 Nov 1908 in Etna, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
by Ray Jones G2G6 Pilot (151k points)

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