I know that most of you can hack together a few lines of code or parse/read RSS, etc. to get the same result - and although I like blogs, the intention behind my idea was to inform users (one-way) in a simple and easy way. Also I don’t want to create a second platform besides the great forum.
A solution would be an one-way mailing list where the moderators only allow posts from selected people. The rest of the subscribers are just readers. I found http://www.freelists.org which looks promising.
I think the blog would be pretty nice, that would give people RSS and Emails. I like the way Gitlab does their blog. They post a new post for every new version listing the new features and fixes. I think it would be nice if syncthing had something like it.
On the downside - although technically great - the forum/blog solution requires the new user to go the forum, pick a free user name, create (and save) a password and make the appropriate settings to be notified by email. My idea was to aim at a much bigger audience and have a simple input box on first Syncthing start: “Would you like to subscribe to newsletter? please enter email here.” - all without leaving the GUI or learning to navigate a new forum.
I get an error from Discourse on the first link. It’s kinda like the second, though like @uok said I think a blog would be directed a larger audience. Requiring people to sign up for an account to get the announcements would probably deter a lot of people.
You could use the RSS feed of discourse and that would work for some people. But I haven’t seen or can’t find anything that would allow a simple input box on the main site or somewhere that would allow people to enter an email address and get a nice email with the announcement in it. We could create something like that, that polls the RSS feed of discourse for the announcement and then sends an email to everyone that is singed up.