version 16 is live

See and for

From this release, the workflow is simplified. Roughly - we
discuss things here and in Github, and the main site is
periodically updated. There is no reason for updates to sit around for
weeks or months while a larger release is put together - if something is a
fix or improvement, let's push it live asap. In the (reasonably rare) cases
when a bad change is made, we can follow up with good changes immediately
afterwards. Our history since 2011 is pretty clear: there are always bugs,
releases have always improved things, and conflicts are rare.

I and others have found that the combination of (a) having an editorial
drafting/staging site at (b) the remnants of our old
subdomain-based extensions system ("" URLs e.g. and (c) the "Pending area" concept itself, taken
together, tend to cause needless confusion, and add friction to the
development and maintenance process. They also create technical debt and
conceptual complexities that make it harder to share the workload with
community members who have not spent 10+ years on the project.

I shall try to put this into practice and make some additional changes (for
consistency with the above, as well as addressing open issues) over the
coming days. For each release, we should just increment the release counter
by one. A release for this kind of a project should not be a big occasion
but a natural and frequent side effect of maintenance and improvement.



Received on Wednesday, 17 May 2023 03:22:17 UTC