When cite-templates are pre-populated with a (forced snapshot) archive-url (and date), not only does IAB pointlessly change the archive-url prefix from "http" to "https" (which is however acceoptable), but it also overwrites the also already filled-out 'archivedate'-parameter. This, as the other date-fields on the NL-WP (nl.wikipedia.org), are preferrably/often filled out conforming to the date format as it is associated to the language. Even if a (slightly) other/shorter format was used, it may and should be assumed that the authors of the article have filled out all dates within the same article using the *same* (consistent) date-format (in either cite-templates, non-templated cites or any mix of those, and (already) populated date-fields should never be overwritten by IAB.
When IAB needs to populate the date field because it has not been provided/populated yet, then IABot should conform to the locate settings as they are applicable to the language for that wiki. In this case – the Dutch Wikipedia, nl.wikipedia.nl –, for the Dutch language the [ISO-variant – if it even is an ISO-format)] date format of YYYY-MM-DD is the least used format and officially not acceptable according to Dutch grammar and spelling, date and time notation conventions. The preferred date notation for the Dutch language(/locale) is: "[d]d month yyyy"
(Where "[d]d" is the day, never prefixed with a 0, "month" is the name of the month in Dutch, never starting with a capital letter, and "yyyy" is the year number). As a short alternative format "[d]d-[m]m-[yyyy] is the next acceptable (but not preferred) format. The third option is 'dd-mm-yyyy' using 0 as prefix before numbers less than 10. The format 'yyyy-mm-dd' does not conform to Dutch language notation formats).
The point is, when a date-field is already populated, IAB should assume it has been populated in a format that is consistent throughout the entire article, and throughout cite-references specifically, and overwriting existing date-parameter values by IAB is not acceptable, *ever*.
An example is the following edit made by IABot:
which I then repaired as follows:
So in short: please let IABot refrain from overwriting/altering pre-existing parameter values for date fields, and let IAB use the locale associated with the applicable language if it needs to add the archive (url and) date parameters due to a dead link. IAB should never ever alter/overwrite pre-populated date fields, as it introduces deviations, disharmony and inconsistency within the article/article's references-section.
Thanks in adcance.
martix - 16 februari 2019 12:14 (CET)