Let me suppress the date on folders and files
I use OneDrive to organize my photos. I have 30,000 photos that I organize into a three-level folder structure. At the top level I organize by a range of years, e.g., "01 Family 1978-1988". My folders begin with 01, 02, etc., so I can sort them in my desired order. Within those folders are individual years, e.g., "1978", "1979", etc. The third level are event folders, e.g., "08-29 Wedding Day".
Because OneDrive has no option to suppress dates, the creation date for each folder is displayed beneath the folder name. Let's take this example:
- "01 Family 1978-1989" has "Oct 28, 2015" under the folder name
- "1979" has "June 7, 2015" under the folder name
- "08-29 Wedding Day" has "June 7, 2015" under the folder name
- The first photo in this folder, "19790829-Wedding Day-01.jpg" has "Dec 6, 2017" under the file name.
Do you see the problem? The information that is important to me is the chronological organization of my folders and files. Because the vast majority of my 30,000 photos have been scanned – in no particular order – the actual folder and file date is irrelevant. Having "June 7, 2015" displayed under a folder titled "1979" is an eyesore.
I suppose you're thinking, "Why not use the photos feature and create albums?" Well, as far as I can tell the problem I'm pointing to is still there. You force a timeline metaphor that works for digital photos that have an accurate timestamp but is totally worthless for scanned photos.
You have given the user the ability to select sort order in view and four view options (List, Compact List, etc.). How about a third option "Display Date/Don't Display Date"? That would be really easy to do and would accommodate people who like dates and people who don't. It would also accommodate someone like me who does like dates for standard PC directories (which I also store in OneDrive) but I don't want dates for my photo albums.
Thanks for considering.