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Yahoo News had, at one time, four different entries for Arkady Babchenko that had him as either dead or alive.  This was not a case of Schrodinger’s cat. I would be hard-pressed to applaud the four URLs, but the problem is that people from all over the internet might link to one or more of those URLs. So the author or the content manager can update the original text (which said Babchenko was dead) or wedge another link in (presumably to one of the URLs that says he is alive).  There’s really no easy way to tell linkers scattered across the vast internet that the contents of the “he is dead” URL have changed dramatically. Worse, even if a linker scans his or her own webpages for dead links now the linker is stuck with tediously checking for each broken link does the website exist? If so, is there a correction?
I frequently  have a webpage or downloadable slides or a blog entry that says something like “92 genes for the arthrogryposis spectrum in 45 syndromes”. Then someone finds more, or a gene gets dropped, or moved to some other category. It’s pretty tedious to go back and find all my references – usually hoping I got the keywords correct. So I am going to e-publish pages with genes by disability category. It turns out that’s not really accurate: different mutations of a gene can be in completely different categories AND  genes influence other genes. So if someone says “Hey! I have a mutation in my FOXP2 gene. What does that mean?” the exact answer is “uhh … exactly which of the 54 currently known mutations? And FOXP2 influences almost 200 other genes – so what is going on with each of those?”
I am thankful that baseball only involves about 12 people at a time