We’ve all seen the typical Wiki system or content management system that provides an RSS feed for recently modified content. These feeds are great because you can stay abreast of recent activity and stay “in the loop” with new developments.
What I have not seen, however, is a good system for preventing stale documentation. The concept is pretty simple. Provide an RSS feed for the least recently modified pages on your web site. Or maybe configure several parameters such as how many page views pages get, how many people link to those pages, etc.
Every week or so you could review the list of “stale” pages and make educated decisions. If the pages are still valid, just click a checkbox saying “reviewed, OK”. Or, update the page or even delete it.
This seems like a good idea to me. It helps you keep your documentation lean and mean. In my opinion, a small amount of relevant, concise, up-to-date documentation is superior to lots of stale, obsolete documents that become hard to find.
Is this a completely new concept, or does such as system already exist? Do any Wikis implement something similar to help you find and eliminate stale pages?