That's right unless you can prove otherwise, and I'd like to be wrong here.
I define "notification" as an attempt to reach out and "notify" end-users. This would mean email or RSS feed probably qualifies. You could notify on private networks like twitter, reddit, and facebook too, but give the large number of people who don't use those, using them alone would probably not be sufficient,
The OpenWRT project doesn't make the effort to notify users. There's no security announcements and never has been.
The old message board had a specific section where new releases were posted by admins and that forum could send out email notifications, so that worked, but admins didn't use it consistently and the old forum died anyway.
Posting a notice on a website which requires the user to manually check on a regular basis is not a means of notification. That's publication, not notification.
Unless I am mistaken, OpenWRT does not do any of the following:
Send email announcements.
Post anything on Twitter.
Post anything on Facebook.
Post anything on Reddit.
Have an announcements RSS feed.
I forgot to mention: This also works for security advisories.
Simply subscribe to https://openwrt.org/advisory/start and chose advisory:* in order to get an email when something in the advisory namespace changes.
Hey, that's not bad! Good stuff. Thank you for sharing that.
Unfortunately, as you noted, this notification mechanism has a lot of problems. Looking at the release history for that page, half of the changes to this page were edits which were not related to an actual release. That's a lot of false positives. Additionally, like you said, the edits often don't happen exactly when new releases are available. Ultimately this feature just wasn't designed for notifying users of new releases. At least it's better than nothing. I've already set up an alert for myself for next time.
I personally don't use twitter or facebook, but some people do. It would be nice if you had some presence on those private networks, IF you wanted to do it, but I wouldn't make any of those the primary communication channel.
The r/openwrt subreddit has seen people posting about releases, but it's happening when git releases get tagged, so several days before when no builds are available yet, which is annoying.
How about utilizing the forum for this?
I know there are already release topics, for example: OpenWrt 19.07.3 service release
But the are in the Installing and Using category, mixed with many other threads about troubleshooting etc... that makes it hard to keep track. In addition only the last release is pinned, older releases require explicit searching.
So my suggestion would be to create a specific "Announcements" category, where only mods and other selected people could create topics (if that is possible). Just for official release and security announcements. Then everyone that is interested could simply enable "Watching first post" (under the bell icon) function and receive reliable notifications.
What do you think? Especially @tmomas@jow