Add "tell tor-announce" to the stable Tor Browser release checklist?
We have a mailing list called tor-announce. Currently it is used very rarely, I think mostly or entirely by the little-t-tor developers to announce new stable little-t-tor releases. (It was used 8 times in 2015, and has not yet been used in 2016.)
It is questionable nowadays whether our main user audience wants to hear about the little-t-tor releases. I think what they meant to hear about is "stable releases of the Tor software that we think most users want to learn about". Over the past years, I think that should have come to include Tor Browser.
Does this sound plausible to you as well? If so, should we add a "tell tor-announce" step to the Tor Browser release checklist for stable releases?
(Technically, users don't need to know about the new releases in order to update, since their Tor Browser will itself handle the update. And technically, I might argue that any software which qualifies as "that we think most users want to learn about" should have secure automated updates in it. But our users still want to hear details of what exactly has changed. Some of them want to hear it via the blog, some via twitter, and there are 17000+ people on tor-announce, so clearly some of them want to hear via mailing list too.)
(Also, I've told Kate that she should keep an eye out for super important tor project news that is worth highlighting for the tor-announce audience, and to be conservative: if we pick a few a year this is fine. "We're doing a fundraiser", "check out this report that the UN just wrote -- tell your friends!", and "look, a new execdir" might have been the 2015 ones.)