For 101 reasons that I’ve considered over the years, I’ve finally come to the conclusion, with Matt Gemmell’s help, that permalinks on my sites don’t need the date. This is the first brave post to lack the date in one form or another in the URL field.
Matt offers many good reasons to avoid dates. My favorite reason to is to offer more clarity. It’s not important that the date be kept in the link, and without it, the permalink is more readable for everyone. Why would I use the date, versus a category, author's name, or some other meta data? There’s no vital reason to keep the date, just as there’s no vital reason to consider using a tag or category in the permalink.
Now I need to find a developer that will show me the way to take care of the archive. ∞