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.

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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    I think the SO blog fits into this discussion very well.
    – rlb.usa
    Commented Apr 22, 2010 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
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 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
    Commented Feb 20, 2011 at 16:56
  • @Jeff, I agree, this is a very popular feature request. Commented Feb 21, 2011 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. Commented Feb 21, 2011 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. Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 22:11
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    {unnecessarily rude comment by me removed. I apologize.} Commented Feb 21, 2011 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.


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


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.


Is there any reason that ...




... 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/… Commented Apr 22, 2010 at 5:32
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    Are all Great New Things the result of a feature request or bug report then?
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 22, 2010 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
    Commented Apr 22, 2010 at 6:49
  • It's funny you could already predict that Jeff would answer with this :-P You're so predictable!
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Apr 22, 2010 at 13:42
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    Those are helpful links btw. They just don't fully accomplish what I am requesting.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Apr 22, 2010 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
    Commented Apr 22, 2010 at 23:26
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    There is never pleasing you jjinguy :D Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 12:36
  • @Ólafur I can never get enough...
    – jjnguy
    Commented Apr 26, 2010 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
    Commented Apr 28, 2010 at 16:48
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    oh snap jeff got downvoted big..
    – andrewk
    Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 6:26
  • Hate to say it, but I totally agree, this is total -1 ... Commented Jan 7, 2011 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
    Commented Jan 29, 2011 at 19:30

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