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Don’t backdate publication dates!#305

I’ve had places published showing a date months before the actual publication date, most recently this one:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/i-b-perrine-bridge
which is dated April 15th, 2023 but actually showed up on August 15th. The problem is these newly published places now show up way back in the archives along with the places actually published at the posted time. This is not a big deal long-term, of course, as people look thru the Atlas and find places of interest to them irrespective of publication date (or at least they can find them if the places are showing up on the map correctly). However, it means you can’t count on staying up to date just by following the most recent publications! Which is a bit of a nuisance–

6 months ago

Hi @slgwv, thank you for flagging this! It looks like this was an error, which I have corrected on this particular post.

We don’t backdate entries on purpose, but because of the way we set publication dates, it’s possible to accidentally backdate a Place entry. I’ll mention this to the other editors so we can keep a close eye on it, and make sure that all the publication dates are set correctly.

6 months ago
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@Michelle Cassidy this might be one of the most drastic cases, it went up either yesterday or today, backdated to 2022: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/trains-to-life-trains-to-death

6 months ago
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Thanks @linkogecko, I’ve corrected the date on that one as well.

6 months ago
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@Michelle Cassidy, this one might have the right date as it’s today, just the wrong year in 2022: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/empress-sissi-statue-budapest

6 months ago
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Looks fixed now–

6 months ago

@Michelle Cassidy this article says that it was published in 2022, which isn’t right, it was only published today although it was submitted in 2021.
Please can it be fixed?

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/namdaemun-south-korea?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

6 months ago

@katielou106 sorry about that, it’s been fixed!

6 months ago
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You are amazingly as always @Michelle Cassidy

6 months ago
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@Michelle Cassidy, I think this is another case: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-gilded-lady-mural-new-york

5 months ago

@linkogecko thank you!

5 months ago

@Michelle Cassidy might this be another one? https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pia-the-peacekeeper

4 months ago

@linkogecko thank you! I just updated the publication date to the day it actually went live.

4 months ago

@Michelle Cassidy, this one seems to be off by almost 2 years: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/royal-harbour-ramsgate

4 months ago

Looks fixed now–

4 months ago

Hi @Michelle Cassidy, I think we have another one here. Date seems correct except it’s 2022 instead of ‘23: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/old-zoo-nature-trails

3 months ago
a month ago

@Michelle Cassidy seems like this was another case of right date, wrong year: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/genoa-castella-narrow-guage-railway

And not sure if the 2 Places from two posts above were looked into.

a month ago
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