> I'd stay the chaos started when announcing the release well before everything was
> build/smoke tested on all platforms, before all the packages were created and the
> actual mamedev.org page was fully updated. I can't remember when (if ever) that was
> ever done before like that, honestly.
Try every release for the past 12+ months. Someone has been posting (apparently self-assembled) whatsnews on a Chinese forum sometimes 36 hours out from releases, which has occasionally resulted in angry Asians posting here demanding the release. I waited for Kale to tag the release, which is generally when e.g. John IV or Lord Nightmare have posted whatsnews on MW in the past.