I was quite surprised a few days ago when I visited the latest HTML specs from W3C (they moved it to a new website and URL, but it's official) and saw that they had been updated on that very date. I thought, "Wow, how lucky." Then I visited the site the next day, and the day after that, and so on. Each day showed a new update date.
I compared the specs from two different days and found absolutely no changes. It seems they are dynamically updating the date. I've seen this tactic in low-quality blogs that aim to cheat Google with "current" content, but I've never seen it on a reputable site.
So this got me wondering: Does this affect UX in any way? I think they are misleading users into believing there was an actual update, which wasn't the case. I'm curious if this could impact other areas of UX, such as accessibility.
For reference, this is the title today October 10th 2023
Please note the question is generic, I gave this example because it kind of shocked me coming from a well respected resource, but I mean on any site. This is more common in low quality sites, hence why I mentioned an example from an authoritative website once I found it.