I’ve updated and expanded PainScience.com more in 2016 than the last three years put together. In theory, I’m supposed to blog about updates, telling readers what’s new on the site, but I just can’t keep up: there’s just too many updates! So I’m now blogging about them en masse.
I am also now logging those updates, all of them — no longer just a select few. Readers can now see a list of updates at the end of dozens of featured articles: every correction and new citation, anything added or removed.
Like good footnotes, this sets PainScience.com apart. When’s the last time you read a blog post and found a list of 30 updates and upgrades made to that page over a period of several years? This transparency is in the spirit of the editing history available for Wikipedia pages. Footnotes are more useful for readers, but the update logs are important: they demonstrate an auditable long-term commitment to quality and accuracy. Although they are “fine print,” I think they are more meaningful than 98% of the comments that most Internet pages waste pixels on.
As I get serious about update logging, I also get better stats. Here are some highlights from 2016:
- 110 logged updates
- 46 feature articles updated (of 273)
- 11 completely new articles (~27,000 words)
- 174 new papers in the bibliography (many of them carefully summarized)
- ~100,000 words of new content overall, roughly the same as a biggish novel, bringing the site total to roughly a million
The new articles are:
- Opioids for Chronic Aches & Pains
- When to Worry About Neck Pain … and when not to!
- Does the IT Band Move After All?
- What if You Could Wipe the Chronic Pain Slate Clean?
- Do IT Band Straps Work for Runner’s Knee?
- Painfully Odd Google Searches
- The Trigger Point Identity Crisis
- Trigger Points on Trial
- Frozen Shoulder Guide
- Icing, Heating & Tissue Temperature
- Zapped! Does TENS work for pain?
Some of the most heavily updated and revised articles are: