Less is more… up-to-date


Today I read the article Ehud on Wikipedia in German. The article told me that Ehud is not only a person from the Bible, but also the first name of Ehud Barak, Israel’s prime minister from 1999 to 2001, and Ehud Olmert, prime minister from 2006 on.

Of course, Olmert is no longer prime minister since March 2009. The last editor, in November 2009, did not notice that, or at least did not change it.

When I edited the article now, I made the two gentlemen “Israeli politicians”. This will stay valid even when one of them should become prime minister again, or another Ehud becomes prime minister.

When writing articles, we should be more conscious about our sustainability problem.  I am now regretting that sometimes I put in more details than necessary, making an article too vulnerable to ageing.

One thought on “Less is more… up-to-date

  1. In many languages there are a template that can categorize and show if a piece of information may need to be updated. See for example the swedish Mall:Uppdateras http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mall:Uppdateras which untill a specific date will show nothing and then, next to a claim will show “this may need to be updated”. This both give a warning to the reader and make it easier to the Wikipedians to find what needs to be updated.

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