In April, 2018, Elliot Temple wrote on FI list:
Another way to stand out would be to send money to everyone who has corrected you and to keep a list of corrections, with dates, and then people can see you often do listen, including recently, and genuinely value the help. And even if you rarely get successful corrections, you could still blog each unsuccessful correction you listened to and why you rejected it. People could then see how you handle input, criticize your handling of input, see that you do consider input in a reasonable way, learn from it, avoid repeating input you’ve heard before, etc.)
Jeremy Arnold, who writes at savingjournalism.substack.com, does at least some of the above. He published a correction policy. The policy says he solicits corrections for his writing and even pays for corrections in some cases. I haven’t checked to see how closely he follows the policy or how reasonably he resolves disputes about the accuracy of corrections.
The listed payment amounts are:
For my own public writing (as far as bounties to the first reader to point out my mistake):
- A by-the-way fact was wrong: $10-$25
- A load-bearing fact was wrong: $25-$250
- I misunderstood/misrepresented someone: $25-$100
He maintains a list of payouts.
Some other quotes from the policy:
I’m also extending this policy to any content I share publicly. I should be accountable for my choices there too. Whether I wrote something myself or not, I’m still responsible for spreading it. If I have reservations or caveats, I should spell them out clearly at the time.)
Good for him.
The popular wisdom here is that trolls don’t deserve engagement, and that creators should engage sparingly. While I generally agree, I’d argue that ignoring legitimate points ( even when minor ) is net unhelpful, and often a missed opportunity.
Good point about not ignoring minor points.
Setting up a formal funnel for corrections actually cuts down on noise by letting you ignore the comments section entirely.
He has a web form (the “funnel” linked above) for people to fill out to submit disagreements/corrections.