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I know it's a strange requirement but we want to create some version string which wouldn't change and that would prevent a user to notice that after an update, the version is the same as before.

Example

asfkl1sd35f1s3df15s53dfs1df3sd15s3fsf

But this is quite ugly and may attract too much attention :) Simple strings on the other hand are easily distinguishable and one may notice that it does not change in time...

So basically we want to have the same version but we don't want to hear users complaining that they updated the application and the version is the same. Any ideas?

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What's the point of having a version number if it doesn't change between versions..? –  spencercw Jun 6 '13 at 14:00
    
Isn't there a contradiction here: doesn't change during an update? What's the point of updating? –  Daniel Hollinrake Jun 6 '13 at 15:47
    
Supporting your application will become a nightmare. How can you properly support it (or suggest an update) when the user can't tell you what version they're using? –  alroc Jun 6 '13 at 16:04
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we want to have the same version but we don't want to hear users complaining that they updated the application and the version is the same.

Don't do this.

  • A version number is to track what version an application is.

  • Version numbers for different versions should always be different.

  • An update is always a different version.

Whatever the underlying reason is that you want to do this, you should be solving it some other way.

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IOW don't do what DirectX is doing –  ratchet freak Jun 6 '13 at 14:20
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Not to mention, any tech-savvy users WILL notice changes without new versions, and new versions without changes. If you are allowing updates when there are none available, you should inform the user that there are no updates available. However, if you are trying to pull the wool over your boss' eyes by doing this, then you should really re-evaluate your application. Of course, you have provided little to no context, so we can't try to understand or sympathise. –  Felix Weir Jun 6 '13 at 14:23
    
I know I should not do this. But still, I want to know if this is possible... –  Tomas Jun 7 '13 at 9:00
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@Tomas, if you want further help I suggest updating your question to explain why you want to do it. –  dan1111 Jun 7 '13 at 9:02
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