I have a suggestion. At the bottom of the article you can choose to add a copyright, which includes the date. I used to put my own in without the date, but you can't do that anymore. The reason I did it that way is because I think, when people see a date of several years ago on an article, they tend to disregard it or, worse, it puts them off the site they found it on. Even if the topic is not outdated and the information still relevant, just the visual clue that the article is not current can be a negative for readers. My suggestion is that there be another dropdown underneath or next to the copyright where you can choose to include "updated July 2018" or something like that. I realize that I can opt not to include the copyright notice at all, but I do prefer to have that little reminder there to discourage people from plagiarizing. I also think that an "udated" notice will assure the reader that the article is relatively current and is also regularly maintained. Just a thought!
I tend to agree, Kat. I would like to be able to add years, just as book publishers do. A light modification date does tend to get overlooked, just as you have said.
This is more important if you have good traffic and have had at least one piece stolen (heaven forbid).
Thank you for posting this idea.
You already have the last modified date at the top of your articles. The copyright must remain the date of publication for your protection. Since that’s at the bottom you need not be concerned about the issue you mentioned. People see the modified date before reading anyway, as you prefer, since that’s at the top.
It’s important to maintain your articles and keep them up to date. The last modified date will reflect that.
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