Date stamps make sense when you're talking about something specific to a point in time. The newest release of MozillaBrowser
, for example. You'll find that most things discussed on Wiki aren't like that, however, so it's probably best to avoid datestamps generally.
A good rule of thumb might be to imagine strangers reading your words in a year. Will they care about the date? If so (for example, a WikiGnome
running down backlinks to AreYouThere
), put it in. If not, leave it out. Better still, write in a way that doesn't require datestamps.
If on the other hand you use Datestamps to identify the page version in a stored filesystem or database, DatestampsAreUseful?
. Also as recorded on the bottom of this page, a Datestamp is used to indicate the last edit, certainly not
on the User and Use as to whether Datestamps are useful. If harmful to you as a user, don't, if useful to you as a user, do. If you don't like a Datestamp on a page, Delete it. T
hisIsWikiAfterAll. If someone deletes a date you want to remain, restore it. T