On PetHelpful, “Your Money Your Life” (YMYL) content impacts the current and future well-being of people, as well as the animals they care for or interact with. This is why we are excited to introduce this nifty disclaimer to the HubTool belt. This feature will only be visible to signed-in users before October 31st, 2018, and can be individually disabled in the HubTool. We realize not every article will need such a feature, and editors will turn them off accordingly over time. Authors may also choose to disable the disclaimer on non-YMYL articles before it goes public on October 31st, 2018. If you are a writer for a different network site, do not fret! PetHelpful is just the first site to have this feature, and other sites will likely follow.
We encourage the use of this tool in lieu of author-created, in-text disclaimers across our Network Site to promote cohesive and intelligible content across all articles. We hope to create a sense of security for our community’s authors, readers and visitors.
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I'm just curious if there's a reason you began this feature with PetHelpful and not for example, with Healdove?
Hi Natalie! The majority of content on PetHelpful is considered YMYL, so we saw a useful and immediate need for it based on the frequency of author-introduced disclaimers. (Plus, the primary editor for PetHelpful is the driving force behind disclaimers, so it made sense on our end.)
Hi Samantha - How do we disable this feature. The only articles I have on PetHelpful are lists of names so the disclaimer doesn't really fit. Thanks very much for your help.
That disclaimer is a bit scary. It could be taken as "we know our articles are full of holes and we are scared to death your cat/dog/self might die as a consequence and you will sue us into oblivion".
How about : "our pages are designed to improve the lives of pets and their humans but no online advice can ever substitute for the opinion of a qualified vet. If you believe your pet is in danger or distress please get professional advice."
This is much better wording than the original.
I do aprove such a disclaimer, but yes, iWill's version sounds a lot better and a lot less scary.
I really like this idea, though I agree maybe it could be worded a little better.
My only criticism is the little circle with a slash icon that appears next to the message. To me, it has a negative connotation. Like it indicates "error" or "warning" or something.
Maybe something a little more positive like a check mark or a little picture would be more reassuring for readers.
"This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge but may contain omissions, errors, or inaccuracies"
This sentence is inaccurate. In any medical textbook written in any time there are going to be omissions, errors, and inaccuracies. No veterinary textbook would write something so ridiculous in one of their books.
Hp is telling their readers that what they have read is wrong.
Do you think that is okay?
I agree. I usually use that QandA feature, with all of its faults, to tell people to see their closest vet. A disclaimer telling them that the info they are getting is not helpful is not helpful.
We appreciate feedback from the community and certainly consider it as we continue to adapt and improve this feature! Because our site content is reviewed, edited, and constantly evolving at the hands of authors and editors alike, the language of this disclaimer is meant to remind readers of the seriousness of some topics. Our aim is to help authors focus on providing engaging, thought-provoking content while feeling assured that their audience is informed and consumes site content responsibly.
I suppose it depends on what you are trying to acheive with the disclaimer. If you want a watertight legal disclaimer, that is one thing. If you want something that shows respect for the YMYL aspect of the subject matter that is something else.
I would certainly try to avoid running the articles down.
Thanks everyone for your participation and input! We were happy to run with your suggestions, and have revised the language to better meet your needs while preserving editorially sound YMYL language.
For those who have not seen it:
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Much better, I reckon.
Yes, it sounds much better. Thanks to the staff for listening to our suggestions and a special thanks to Samantha for acting as liaison and getting the info to us
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