Please let us know the Lightroom and operating system version you are using now also, Is your Lightroom updated to its latest version CC 2015.9/6.9.
Please create a new preset and try using it while you import the images into Lightroom and check if that helps.
This bug has been acknowledged by Adobe in the official feedback forum: Lightroom: Missing example : of how filename is to be named/created in filename template editor (how it will look BEFORE… Please add your me-too vote and opinion to this bug report, making it a little more likely that Adobe will prioritize a fix.
I have an online subscription and always use the latest version of Lightroom CC. This one says 2015.9 release but surely that can't be right. The Creative Cloud application says that I am up-to-date.
Also, I have tried numerous times to create new presets but only ones without dates show updated samples.
This one says 2015.9 release but surely that can't be right.
The latest release is indeed 2015.9.
I have tried numerous times to create new presets but only ones without dates show updated samples.
As described in the bug report, the example filename shown in the Sample field doesn't work if the renaming template contains date tokens, but template will do the renaming correctly.