For the life of me I do not understand why we are so muddled about how we enter dates. Americans like to use the MON-DD-YYY (JUN-07-2020) format most others seem to use DD-MON-YYYY (07-JUN-2020) or some variations thereof. Do not even get me started on the DDMMYYY (06072020) and MMDDYYY (06072020) formats which are a complete recipe for disaster. This is completely opposite to how we intuitively organize our lives. If I am going to organize something by date I will arrange it by year, month, day in that order.
Computers store dates in databases as a numeric timestamp and convert them on data entry and display to a meaningful format that users can manage and understand. So why, in this computer age, when it should be so easy, do we not allow users the option to choose their preferred format for entry and display? Most genealogy software may allow some formatting options when it comes to dates but rarely do I see them offer a YYYY-MON-DD (2020-JUN-07) or YYYYMMDD (20200607) format. I have conditioned myself over the years to always use the YYYY-MM-DD (2020-06-07) format for dates in file names and elsewhere because it is easily sortable, easily typeable, clear and concise. I would love to be able to use this format for entry and display in genealogy software. I have mentioned this before in other forums only to be curtly told that it is not the genealogy standard, but then again, neither are many of the other formats which are supported.
The same goes for place names and addresses. We always write address and place names from most precise to most broad. Yet we organize from most broad to most precise. Take the following address: 1 My Street, My City, My County, My State, My Country. If we are going to organize files by address we will start at the country level not at the street number. So it makes sense that we should be able to enter and manage places that way. It helps to keep things organized and makes it easy to find and highlight anomalies in place names. I noted in one of the video previews that RM8 will have an option to view (and manage?) place names in this way. Kudos to them for the move in this direction.