A Good Reason to Take a Glance at the Comments Section if You Run a Blog, or Even a News Site; or: Hey CNBC, Let Your Commenters Help Fix Your Typos

I saw this late yesterday afternoon when looking over the financial news:

Wait a minute, you think — I knew Groupon is a big deal (or used to be, at least), but $568 billion in revenues in the second quarter? Billion with a “b”? That would rank Groupon in the top 70 countries for GDP.

Okay, of course not. It should have read $568 million, with an “m.” Hey: people make mistakes, no biggie.

But here we are many hours later and, as I type this, the CNBC article remains uncorrected even though many commenters have pointed out the mistake (some quite kindly, others less so).

Try as we might on this blog, we regularly make mistakes of all sorts (and will continue to do so, I promise!) but inevitably an alert reader will point out the error in a matter of minutes. Then we get to correct it quickly.

To them: thanks!

To CNBC: you should take advantage of your readers similarly.

Insane Dave

Heads up- (some quite kindly, other less so). Should be 'others.' The irony!

Stephen J. Dubner

See what I mean?! Thanks, Dave -- it's been fixed.


The problem is, I've never once seen the edit mentioned. If you make changes to an article after it is published and commented upon, it is poor form to then edit or update that article without notification.

Enter your name...

You say these corrections are "never" mentioned. The comment above yours, which appeared 24 minutes before your complaint, disproves your claim.


Doing so in the comments doesn't count, as far as I'm concerned. People shouldn't need to read comments to fully grasp a piece. Look at any other blog that issues updates, edits, or corrections: any quality one notes it in the body of the post.


It turns out that the original article (http://www.cnbc.com/id/48647076) has the correction, but the Yahoo News re-print does not. So CNBC appears to have listened to their readers while Yahoo! has not.


You assume that anyone at CNBC reads the comments. They do not.

Eric M. Jones.

"Trillion, Billion, Million..." so what's the big deal?

Pork Chop Guy

Agreed. Corrections need to be posted and noted within the article. Not just in the comment section.