Being Responsible About Old Content

Album Cover: Various Positions

"Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya."
Leonard Cohen / Hallelujah

Posted on January 28, 2006 7:14 PM in Blogging
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

Because blogging still feels like a relatively new phenomenon, I don't think a lot of bloggers have put much thought into what happens to older content. There are, however, many bloggers who have been blogging for a long time and have written about many things that are either no longer relevant, or in some cases no longer true.

Because I have now been blogging for over three years (longer, actually), the "old content" problem definitely applies in my case.

Because I strive to be a responsible blogger, I have taken steps to ensure that old content is clearly labeled as such here at my blog, in an attempt to let visitors know that the content they are reading may be out-of-date or no longer applicable.

From this day on, whenever a visitor stubles upon an entry that was written two or more years ago, such as Firebird on Linux or Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, they'll see the following warning displayed at the top of the entry:

Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

I think a majority of the time, at least here at my blog, content written a couple years ago is still valid and relevant. However, as shown in the Firebird on Linux case, it is important that visitors are aware that things do change.

Are you being responsible about your old content?

Comments

Ryan on February 05, 2006 at 12:48 AM:

I figure that the part of my blog that gives a date of the post should be warning enough. And if it isn't then whoever is reading will be in for a surprise, I guess. Not a bad life lesson.

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