Yesterday many people on my Twitter timeline sharing an article about Dennis Ritchie's death:
I clicked through to read the article, which was from 2011. Why is this circulating again?
My guess is that some people were retweeting without bothering to read the article, and thought he died recently.
This makes me think of a reaction to a tweet I posted.
I was furious. Why would I post something that I'm not sure about? I even backed it up with a slide. Why are you doubting me?
Took me a while to remember that that's what other people do. Say things even when they are only 60% sure. I look back at my career and cringe to think of all the times when other people were regarded more knowledgeable because they open their mouths even when they are not sure.
This time, I am happy that I checked the details before passing it on.