Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 22, 2005 07:31 PM
"Decelerating release numbers make outsiders think that development has slowed, and that misconception will hurt your user base. "
Rapid version number changes can also harm you seriously. I personally won't touch a project that releases a new version every other day, it reeks or severe instability. Many companies think the same way, and rightly so.
Indeed a numbering scheme should be transparent and consistent. Make it well known which releases are for general use and keep those numbers consistent. All minor releases below these are NOT for use outside the project (or else user beware), and no development should take place on anything that's not the latest public release (except bugfixes for paying customers and those should be retrofitted into all more recent releases).