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2010.07.28

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Jill Browne

With your particular sites, where in-depth, detailed information is critical, how do you make sure the information is up to date?

Thanks again for this site.

Durant and Cheryl Imboden

Depends. Some things require personal, on-the-spot research, but many facts (such as airport-bus fares or URLs of museum Web sites) can be checked easily on the Web by going to official sources.

Jill Browne

Thanks, but what I was wondering was not where to get the info, but whether and how on your own sites you personally work the process of staying current into your regular work routine.

Do you diarize all your pages and do scheduled reviews?

Or do you try to write in such a way that the reader will need to consult external sources for the types of particulars that are likely to change?

Or, or, or?

It seems like a massive task and I'm sure you have a handle on it.

Thanks.

Durant and Cheryl Imboden

Again, it depends. If we know that an article about the Paris Metro is getting tens of thousands of page views per month, we'll include fares and other time-sensitive information and check or update the article regularly. If we know that an article about the remote Scottish island of Outer Haggis is likely to get very little traffic, we'll avoid including time-sensitive information, and we'll update the article when we have a reason to do so.

In general, we link to official sites when appropriate, and we encourage readers to visit those sites for up-to-date prices, hours of operation, etc. After all, linking (the use of hypertext citations) is the most fundamental concept behind the World Wide Web.

Jill Browne

Thanks again, that's very logical and practical.

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