OK so the full story goes like this. For context I'm an ice hockey fan. I was reading the NHL's official site and specifically an article about Ray Borque and how he just passed Paul Coffey of the Carolina Hurricanes (look no Coffey) for a record. OK but Coffey play's for the Bruins (look he's there) now. I laughed. That evening I went to show a friend. The article had been corrected. That makes sense, I mean the internet is dynamic data that's part of the beauty of it.
But I have no way to prove that they posted something in error. And there is no admision from the site that they posted something wrong. And no way for me to prove this actually happened.
Now really it doesn't make much difference in this case where it's a player on a hockey team. Most people reading the site probably knew they flubbed. And knew what the truth was, but what if it was something more important. Let's say for instance NASA (for example) reported something seriously wrong. Say that an asteroid was going to collide with the Earth on Nov 1, 2000. Some people read this and assume this is an official notice. They panic, pandemonium ensues. Someone at NASA realizes they goofed. They update their article to read they've discovered an asteroid collided with the Earth on Nov 1, 2000 BC. (Yeah I know far fetched but work with me) A simple mistake, but one with serious consequences.
Newspapers have always had a correction section where they print the articles they screwed up. And what the correct information should be. Yeah these are usually small sections that nobody reads, but they are still there. And there is a way to trace errors. Some newspapers are still providing these
corrections online. But some aren't, or at least not that I can find. Some others treat this oddly. They provide the correction and link to the corrected article (complete with editorial note that its been corrected), but I can't find the wrong article.
In some ways this may seem trivial, but in other's it is important. I like CNN's way of doing it, if there was a way to read the wrong article. But at the same time I understand that this might seem like they're still publishing the wrong articles.
So how should news sites provide the correction information? Should they just change the information and never admit they were wrong? Change the data admit they were wrong, but never show the errors? Note the errors, provide a link, and continue showing wrong articles? Any other ideas? Do consider this could effect other types of sites too. Like kuro5hin.