Misinformation and how it hurts Preppers!
Yesterday I read an article on another Prepper website that really bothered me. It was an article on communications and what would be the best in an SHTF situation. The whole article was filled with misinformation and in some cases just outright lies. It was horrible! Normally I try to let things like this slide, but as an Author, I found it deeply offending and troubling. For that reason, I decided to make this my subject of the day.
Misinformation or information that is untrue in Prepper articles hurts the entire community. Why you may ask? Because many of the readers may be new to Prepping, or simply not realize the information is inaccurate and base their preps on some part of the information. By the time they realize it wasn’t true, it may be too late. As an author, I realize the importance of fact checking my information. I want my readers to have confidence in my articles and be able to read them knowing they are true. In reality, that is really all they ask or expect of me. I owe it to them and to you to be as accurate as I possibly can.
Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that I will never make a mistake. What I am saying however is that I will do my best to be sure that I don’t write an inaccurate article. If I do, I can promise you that I will correct it as quickly as is humanly possible. I will not simply let it ride and hope no one else catches it. That would simply be wrong and unfair to my readers. I ask that if any of you find an error in any of my articles that can be verified, please let me know right away.
The article in question was packed full of errors and even though these were pointed out in the comments section below the article by many of their readers, the article remained unchanged as though the author simply didn’t care. The really sad part was that all of the comments had to be approved by a moderator and some of them had been approved but the article remained unchanged. Now some unknowing prepper who reads the article might think that the only reliable form of communications after SHTF hits will be little hand held off the shelf walkie-talkies with only about 1 mile of range if they were lucky. This could in fact get them killed if they were unable to communicate over longer distances. Preppers depend on us for accurate information and we have an obligation to deliver it to them without fail. As an author, I find this completely unexcusable!
If you find an article that is inaccurate then by all means contact the author and let them know. If the article is not corrected, then make a note of the authors name and avoid articles written by them. You may also want to contact the website owner and let them know as well. Our prepper community is important and must be protected from those who would write articles that contain misinformation. It is up to all of us to do our part. We must help protect ourselves and the newer Preppers that come to these sites looking for knowledge on how to prepare for the future. I owe it to them; I owe it to you to write informative and entertaining articles that are accurate and reliable. That is the commitment I make to all of my readers both now and in the future. It is also what I expect form other authors as well.