Yeah! Learning stroke order has been the major reason for why I have not practiced writing kanji by hand over the years. Well, that and the lack of situations when writing by hand would be how I communicate in Japanese. So, the usefulness of knowing is questionable.
But, I do wanna learn. So, when I found that article by Koichi, I was like you can actually just learn the general rules and apply them?! へええええ!
Like he mentions at the end, there are exceptions, but unless you write kanji professionally, I don’t see much use in checking each kanji stroke order anymore - just use his rules and guestimate how it’s done, like a Japanese person would. It suddenly makes sense that you can actually learn to write all kanji by hand!
Because stroke order seemed impossible to remember for thousands of kanji! And it is! And you don’t need to learn each kanji separately once you apply those rules! Thank you @koichi さん!