Hello @Gordon, I am "on the same boat" with @Bleep in that I do not wish to take a risk of breaking my addons.
You are right to say "you don't have to update" but I just have to point out that I am a bit dissapointed that:
1) Stable updates are released and there is little information broadcasted about the release. (e.g. How can one upgrade? Why should one upgrade? Can one roll back? etc.)
As a suggestion, you can try posting a new article each time a new stable version is released. Apologies if this comes out as an excessive request but I percieve it as essential.
2) I am still not entirely sure what the quickest way is to find out what my version is. (do I need to restart so that I see the version for a few seconds at the top of my screen?)
@ninyule has been doing a great job with the wiki so you can perhaps co-ordinate any future improvements with regards to new release announcements with him?