“Where did you get your information on the such-and-such case?” Someone asked me today. Um…from the links at the bottom of the page. You know, where it says “Source Information.”
“Are you aware that some of your information is inaccurate?” Um, no. If I had thought any of it was inaccurate I wouldn’t have posted it.
End of email.
Now, I totally don’t mind people informing me of any inaccuracies on Charley. In fact I prefer it. I want the site to be as accurate as possible. But it seems I get a lot of people who write me, tell me such-and-such case has inaccuracies, and then disappear without bothering to go into details.
To top it all, the case they referred to is a particularly sordid one: a missing child, the product of divorced parents, with many terrible accusations flung by both sides of the family against the other side, and the police openly speculating about murder — in other words, just the kind of case to arouse strong emotions in the parties involved.
Perhaps this person will write back with more information. But it would save a lot of time if they had said “Are you aware that some of your information is inaccurate? For example, this, this, and this. Here’s what actually happened…”