Technology is a wonderful thing—when it works. This morning as Patrick was following up on some information on KAK barrels and documenting that information the technology failed. It seems the iOS application Patrick was trying out for the first time had some problems. Rather than saving his work the application on his phone published the article without him initially realizing (normally our blogging software prevents posts going live). He continued to update the post, thinking he was working on a draft post (there is no obvious distinction between a live post and a draft).
One thing is certain and that is the post was never considered to be ready for publication. Much more checking and confirmation of the information needed to be done.
Patrick contacted Steve and myself as soon as he realized it was live. I deleted the post as soon as I saw his email, a few hours later. Both Steve and myself generally work on admin tasks in the morning and both initially missed his email. Because only editors can delete posts, Patrick continued to update the post and reply to commenters after he became aware it was live, until the post was deleted it.
For those readers who may not have read the post it concerned information Patrick had received of a possible headspace defect in a small batch of KAK barrels. After further checking I confirmed the information was entirely false. I contacted the president of KAK and between the information I supplied and his records over the past two years it was found that neither the person or company who alleged receiving the defective barrels had ever placed an order with KAK for any products including barrels. Apparently this was another case of an individual not being truthful for whatever reason.
For those who may have read the article our apologies for this information being posted. Had the software worked as expected you would never have seen the information since we would have finished the work on it and found the information to be completely untrue and not published it.
My thanks to the president of KAK Industries for his help in getting to the facts and accepting our apology.