Ok, I’ll admit right up front that I feel dumb, but I don’t get the file naming convention that both David and Katie (and now @RosemaryOrchard) promote. Starting the file name with the date in most views means that all I can see of the file name is it’s date! Whether the file is on my desktop (I know, nothing should be on my desktop), or in a column view in finder, without changing the size of the column every time I change to the Finder view all I see is the first part of the file name which is useless to me! Can I set a column width that permanently sticks somewhere? Am I the only one that is missing something here?
You can hold down the Option key while adjusting the column width the set the default width in Finder.
I use this convention for storing receipts or other things where the date really helps me find what I want. So, 99% of my files don’t do this, but a couple of folders do.
Typically, in these cases, the folders contain tens or hundreds of similar files and the folder name is what tells me what they are.
The Car subfolder only has invoices relating to the car, so when I’m in there having the date most visible is exactly what I want.
Keynotes, Docs etc a totally different and don’t have the date anywhere in the file name.
As @GraemeS says, this is for things where the date is extremely important. For everything else it doesn’t matter and they don’t get the date in the file name
Thanks - that makes more sense to me now.