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
    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. 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. 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. Feb 21 '11 at 22:11
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    {unnecessarily rude comment by me removed. I apologize.} Feb 21 '11 at 22:12

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/… 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 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 ... 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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