While listening to episode 124 of the Cranky Geeks Podcast with John C. Dvorak, the topic of editing a post after it’s been published came up. John seems to think that if you correct the information within the post, that it is ok not to let anyone know with the exception of telling the commenter who notified him of the error that it had been fixed. If one were to do their research, he believes that the reader would see the note in the comment and notice that at one time, the post had contained misinformation.
I think John’s method is terrible. I don’t think I have the best solution, but in my experience, I have always used the
strikethrough function of my post editor to highlight which pieces of text were incorrect while then adding the correct information into the post. This let’s the readers know which information was wrong and that the editor must of taken steps to correct the post. At the very least, this lets the readers know to ignore the crossed out information.
This may not be the ideal method, but that is the one I use and prefer. How about you though? How do you deal with publishing information that turns out to be wrong? Do you simply leave a paper trail? Do you correct the information and then not tell anyone about it? What’s the best way to handle a situation like this?