Handling wrong information in the archive
Here I want to discuss the problem of information outdating in the archive. By outdating I mean the result of discovering the factual errors or logical fallacies. After finding such content, information becomes nonactual and it could affects connected items. As a result, the archive may become seriously infected in a moment without any additional actions from you.
Is this really a problem?
Obsolescence itself actually is not a problem here. Opposite, it is a natural process in the information life-cycle. There are no strict needs to delete erroneous information. Even incorrect fact is a part of your thinking and important from historical perspective to form a path of thoughts. Sometimes wrong information illustrates a subject from different views.
Possible ways to handle it
By analogy with simple operation there are several ways to deal with Zettels containing incorrect information: removing, editing, and adding. For me, adding is more favorable method. It can be done by creation a new Zettel or inserting a comment directly in the obsolescence card. Of course, the choice of appropriate operation depends on different facts. In some cases, it would be a lot easier and cleaner to just edit something inside a Zettel.
Let me provide an example of the adding approach. Imagine that today is 18th of February, 1930. Pluto was discovered this day and you immediately wrote a Zettel about it:
<<A>> Pluto is the ninth planet in the solar system.
Later, on February 7, 1979 Pluto crossed the Neptune's orbit and for 20 years became not the most distant planet in the solar system:
<<B>> Pluto temporarily became the eighth planet from the Sun.
After all, Pluto was declassified to the little planet on August 24, 2006:
<<C>> Pluto was demoted to the status of a dwarf planet.
While composing a note about this, inspection of the archive showed that there was already notes about Pluto. At least one of our notes is incorrect (A)—Pluto is no longer a planet:
<<A>> Pluto is the ninth planet in the solar system. Note added: Pluto is no longer considered a planet. See [[C]].
Have you encountered this problem? How it was stressful for your archive? Any recommendations on preferred actions for handling it?
It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!