Identifying Old Blog Entries

Author: Steven Neiland

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.

Its hard for me to imagine how quickly the time has gone, but this blog turned 2 years old today. So to mark the occasion I'm rolling out a new feature.

Identifying Old Blog Entries

One of my pet peeves with some blogs is how they don't identify when a particular entry was published. This can mislead readers into following out of date information which is possibly/probably no longer correct. As you can see I date stamp all my blog entries, however it is still possible to improve on this.

A few months ago I was searching for information about better ways for styling html tables when I came across this blog entry. While I did not agree with the content of the post I did find something valuable in the way it was displayed. In addition to displaying the published date, the blog also displayed a large warning box at the start of the entry alerting the reader that this was an old entry that may not be correct anymore.

I liked this approach so much that I coded it into my own blog and today marks the first day that an entry is old enough to trigger it. To demonstrate here is a link my first blog post complete with the new alert.

I hope other bloggers take this idea and run with it as I think every blog should make a habit of providing this kind of meta data to users.

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