Scott Rosenberg has recently been making a case that web sites (news sites, at least, but I think the argument applies more broadly) should make the revision history of stories public. Which makes sense to me, and to enough other people that a Post Revision Display WordPress plugin is now available.
Which I’ve just turned on, as an experiment, so you’ll see a little “Post Revisions” note at the bottom of my blog posts. At least for the time being; I almost never revise my posts once I hit the ‘publish’ button, so it’s mostly noise. I fiddled with the styling to make it pretty inconspicuous, but I’m still not convinced it’s pulling its weight; so don’t be shocked if you come back a month from now and those messages are gone. Here’s an example of a post where I actually made changes, if you’re curious what that looks like.
At any rate, it seems like a clearly good idea in general; hopefully it will catch on enough to get incorporated into WordPress proper, at which point theme makers will find ways to present that information in a less obtrusive fashion. Actually, right now it would probably be fine if I could get it to go after the publication date; taking a look, that seems not brain-dead easy, but maybe I’ll be able to find a way to do that without too much patching.
This post has not been revised since publication.