For instance, you could call the "A Bad Day" thread "Stardate 1000, Serenity Station Time", and then the day the fleet set off to secure the Gate would be (if I'm reading that thread correctly) "Stardate 0997, Serenity Station Time", and the time the Gate opened would be "Stardate 0972, Serenity Station Time" or thereabouts. I know in one fleet I've come across (can't remember which), the rule is that everyone has to put the place and the stardate at the top of each post. We could do that or just put the date when there's a long gap in time between one posting and the next.
This would be our own system just for our fleet RPs, it needn't have any fixed relation to STO's system of time (in which everything so far has taken place within two years, which is ridiculous), or anything else. In fact, I think part of the idea of "stardates" is supposed to be that, what with relativity and so on, it won't necessarily be the same time across different parts of space in any logically consistent sense.
1 in stardates means 1 day, from midnight to midnight, so 2000.0 is midnight (0000 hours) on day 2000 and 2000.5 is noon the same day. I think that the 4-digit ones are actually an abbreviation, so "2000" might really mean 92000 or 32000 or whatever.
I think this would be really useful. Pyriel and others have been doing a good job of putting in things like "it is four weeks after the Gate opened", and so on. But if you had a numbering system, you wouldn't have to do that, just say what stardate it is rather than explain it relative to all the other things that are in progress. Also I still find it quite fiddly, because you have to check back through the thread and work out where "four weeks from the Gate opening" brings you to in relation to some other events that affect what you're doing and where your characters are, and when multiplied by several players, that leaves plenty of room for jumbles and one player thinking something has already arrived and posting accordingly and another thinking it hasn't and posting accordingly.
What do people think? Including the new RPers.