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I do read the SO blog, and I roughly read meta, but I'm still often surprised by unexpected changes or additions of features. It appears that documenting is not exactly a forte of the SO team, and this makes it difficult to be up-to-date on the system itself.

Don't get me wrong, I really do like your improvements, and I also noticed that very important matters (e.g. rep rule changes) are announced in advance and quite well described. But judging from the related questions, there is indeed a decent amount of confusion caused by missing documentation.

Would it be possible for you, dear SO team, to update the FAQ pages and write a detailed changelog more often?

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Well, it is documented here

Monthly Summary of What's New

But apparently nobody reads that.

(which is what I've been saying all along -- either the feature is discoverable and relatively self-explanatory when "experienced", or we've failed ..)

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Did you document this? Or did the community have to do it. – Gnoupi Jun 1 '10 at 10:08
Features must be discoverable and relatively self-explanatory because 99.99% (maybe more) of the users will never see Meta, the blog, or other notifications. However, those power users that would read a dedicated notification feed (i.e. Meta users) are the ones best situated to provide feedback on new features. – Gnome Jun 1 '10 at 10:46
@gnoupi well, I documented it in multiple answers to Meta questions. :) – Jeff Atwood Jun 1 '10 at 11:15
have to admit that updating the 4-5 duplicates about the same idea at each feature implemented is not ideal indeed. But hey, it reduces the todo list by a large amount each time :] Besides, about the latest change, it's not one which is really of the "confusing" kind. Not notifying for something like this is not really a big deal in itself. But I stand by my position for the "game changing" ones – Gnoupi Jun 1 '10 at 12:18

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