You can get the "official" STO stardate from the loadscreens. At the moment, it's 90752.91. The stardate is the first number that appears in the bottom left.
THANKS!! I have left stardates off of my storyline posts due to having no idea what determined the stardate! Is there anyone nerdy enough to know what determines the star date? No offense intended, because once told, I guess I will be nerdy enough to know it as well!
To answer the OP: Yes. Some I have formed into the characters I want them to be immediately, while others have developed in my head as I received them.