We've loved how much all of you love Version Notes. In our initial launch of version notes, we made them available only to published articles. But we received a lot of feedback from customers saying it would be really useful to have version notes--and the ability to version--within draft/unpublished articles, or within deleted articles to add notes about when/why the article was deleted.
We listened to this feedback and have expanded the version functionality:
Versions and version notes are now available for all articles, regardless of publishing status. So you can add Version Notes to drafts, or create multiple versions of a draft article with its own notes, or add/edit version notes on deleted articles.
Versioning overall behaves the same way, except now the option to Create a new version and to add version notes is available in all articles regardless of publication status.
We made one additional layout change for draft/deleted articles: instead of seeing the "Published" call-out to identify the current active version, you'll see a new "Active" call-out next to that version instead:
Once the article is in a published status, that Active call-out changes back to the normal Published call-out.
As part of this change, we also made two small wording changes to the user interface: we've replaced the "Make this version active" wording with "Activate this version". You'll see that change in two places:
We hope these changes help further expand how you can make use of versions; let us know if you have additional suggestions!