In addition to taking pride in being right (I commented on Althouse's post that the pdf's she referred to were last revised in April) I think the episode is interesting on several counts:
- Althouse jumped to conclusions, dissing the Post and defending the Texans. And her commenters mostly followed suit. This might count as conservative close-mindedness, but more reasonably it's just another example of how easily we all follow our prejudices in what we accept.
- Adler gets props for acknowledging his initial error.
- Althouse's jump was based on the assumption that the Texan pdf files were the latest version. That's probably the most interesting thing: we now assume that official actions are available on line and that they will be updated promptly.
- Texas bureaucrats get dinged--they wasted lots of time and electrons by failing to update their documents as fast as we expect. If only they had used Google Documents, they could and should have been updated as the commission adopted changes and the documents up on the Net as the meeting ended.
Meanwhile the American Historical Association sent a letter to Texas which is interesting.]