This might sound like a joke post but it is not. I like 95.4% of the rest of the world can’t read the US dating system. The US is the only country in the world that has the month then day then year. No other country does this. Most countries use the day then month then year. I like lot of people follow posts based on when they were posted. For sub forums like Work in Progress, Released Projects and Community Content, Tools and Tutorials it can be handy to quickly glance at the date under the post and see which are the newest posts. I can’t do this with the American dating system I have to completely rewire my brain and ignore 40 years of knowing what the right way to do a date is.
I know a lot of Americans will not think this is a big deal but look at these dates and tell me how long it takes you to figure them out. 21/12/06 15/06/16 13/01/01 For me and most of the world I can tell instantly what those dates are. I’m guessing any Americans looking at those dates will take a few moments to figure them out. Obviously the forum was set up with the dates of posts to be visible for a reason, because it is handy to quickly see when the post was posted.
Now I’m not asking you to change to a non American dating system because that will never happen. All I’m asking is for you to put a bit of extra code in the forum website to be able to detect where the user is from and if its outside the US to then use the proper dating system.