I just downloaded six app updates for my phone. Do you know how many of them gave me a good idea of what I was getting? One, and even it was scant.
I’ve been noticing a trend toward useless release notes in the last couple of years at least, and I really don’t care for it at all. I don’t know why it’s happening, but it can stop any time now.
I read the notes for every update I download, because they can tell me a lot. Did they fix a problem I’ve been having? Is there a cool new feature I’m going to want to try? Should I think twice before I go ahead because something flags me that things may not all be well in Voiceover land if I do? I don’t know any of these things anymore, because 95% of the time all I get is vague junk like “various bug fixes”, “updates to make the app faster and more reliable”, “small fixes” or even “fixed bugs, took the afternoon off.” If I want to save myself the aggravation of stumbling headlong into all kinds of digital hell, I have to hope that some poor bastard who already has was nice enough to share his findings in a place where I happen to see them in time.