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There have been a few requests for a change log or release notes which I think would be great.

I understand that things are constantly changing, and if the team had to update us with every change, it would be a full time job.

That is why I propose a Monthly Summary of Changes.

The team could throw together a quick list of changes that have been implemented in the past month. I would only be interested in changes to the functionality or look and feel of the site.

So, what do you think?

Of course the monthly could be replaced with quarterly, bi-monthly or whatever. It would be nice to strike a balance between the users wanting to know what changes, and the team writing change notes.

Edit:
I know that I could search for feature requests or bugs that have recently been marked complete on meta. However, there is no way for us to see what changes have been implemented if they didn't come from meta.

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locked by Jeff Atwood Feb 21 '11 at 22:12

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I think the SO blog fits into this discussion very well. –  rlb.usa Apr 22 '10 at 23:27
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I've added a separate question to cover to community tracked recent changes. This is because we should separate actual the tracking from your feature request. –  devinb Aug 3 '10 at 12:48
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@Jeff, I'm not sure why you removed the [feature-request] tag. I still think this is a request. –  jjnguy Feb 20 '11 at 16:56
    
@Jeff, I agree, this is a very popular feature request. –  Lance Roberts Feb 21 '11 at 21:53
    
@lance I told Rebecca to keep it up to date. If she is not, then you should follow up with her. Thanks. –  Jeff Atwood Feb 21 '11 at 22:10
    
@jjn I told Rebecca to keep it up to date. If she is not, then you should follow up with her. Thanks. –  Jeff Atwood Feb 21 '11 at 22:11
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{unnecessarily rude comment by me removed. I apologize.} –  Jeff Atwood Feb 21 '11 at 22:12

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Edit by Gnoupi: The content of this answer has moved to a dedicated place for the community to update it, leaving this feature request to its first purpose.

Think about updating your feeds and favorites for notifications.

And:

Look at that long list, when considering if this very feature request needs your upvote!

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Dang you beat me to the bounty thing –  Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 8:26
    
I just realized.. there is a size limit on posts... pretty soon I bet this post will exceed it –  Earlz Jun 19 '10 at 9:15
    
@Earlz, I'd hope pretty soon this question either gets status-declined or status-planned. ;-) –  Arjan Jun 20 '10 at 9:59
    
Aha, status-deferred on A better notification of significant modifications on the trilogy? –  Arjan Jun 27 '10 at 10:03
    

I believe it would be informative to see a summary of changes - but maybe quarterly depending on quantity of changes. I don't know how easy this would be. I would also think that in most cases, a summary of changes will likely list all changes.

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Is there any reason that ...

http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged?tagnames=status-completed%20-retag-request&sort=newest

or

http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged?tagnames=status-completed%20-retag-request&sort=active

... doesn't work for you?

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That link shows recent posts that have been marked status-completed, not posts that have recently been marked status-completed. You could have completed an old request and that would be buried near the bottom. The active sort is better, but still not perfect. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6199/… –  Kyle Cronin Apr 22 '10 at 5:32
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Are all Great New Things the result of a feature request or bug report then? –  Arjan Apr 22 '10 at 6:02
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Also, this assumes that you only make changes that come from the community. I'd also like to know what has been changed that didn't come from meta. –  jjnguy Apr 22 '10 at 6:49
    
It's funny you could already predict that Jeff would answer with this :-P You're so predictable! –  Ivo Flipse Apr 22 '10 at 13:42
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Those are helpful links btw. They just don't fully accomplish what I am requesting. –  jjnguy Apr 22 '10 at 17:36
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A single post every month or so that I could subscribe to with RSS would be awesome –  Casebash Apr 22 '10 at 23:26
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There is never pleasing you jjinguy :D –  Ólafur Waage Apr 25 '10 at 12:36
    
@Ólafur I can never get enough... –  jjnguy Apr 26 '10 at 0:34
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@Jeff: You often mark items [status-completed] when the suggestion in the question was not implemented, but rather rendered redundant or achieved in some other way. It is a very imperfect way of logging what has actually been implemented. –  Ether Apr 28 '10 at 16:48
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oh snap jeff got downvoted big.. –  andrewk Jan 7 '11 at 6:26
    
Hate to say it, but I totally agree, this is total -1 ... –  Justin Jenkins Jan 7 '11 at 9:50
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One problem nobody has mentioned so far is that the majority of the SO users never ever look at meta. –  sbi Jan 29 '11 at 19:30

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