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Another service pack for ArcGIS 10.0 has recently been released. However, previous service pack releases have introduced problems and instability along with fixes. Have there been any reported bugs or known stability issues with the latest service pack release? Also, what are the pros/cons of upgrading to ArcGIS 10.1 over ArcGIS 10.0 SP5?

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This is not a Real Question that can be answered correctly. Best advice is to upgrade to ArcGIS 10.1 - Note: Announcements can be posted in Meta on GISse –  Mapperz Jul 11 '12 at 15:24
    
@Mapperz: Post edited to address comments. –  Aaron Jul 11 '12 at 15:56
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This isn't a good question for GIS.se and it should be moved (which is different from saying it's not a good question). Within the GIS Stack Exchange framework the best place for this question type is in Chat, creating a new room is straightforward, just make sure to GIS is in the Related Sites so people find it.

As for reported bugs and issues:

A list of known issues is maintained at http://support.esri.com/en/content/known-issues. It's a subset which has gone through a validation process plus some other ranking system (or two).

A search of the support site with keywords like sp5 nim with the omitted results filter off will return something akin to "list of known issues with service pack 5". (NIM is short for Nimbus ID.) It will only include issues which have been confirmed and reproduced in some fashion. Each result has limited detail, basically a 1 line summary with date submitted, applicable products and versions, and so on. So it's not much, but definitely better than the resounding silence of a few years ago.

At one point only those logged in with a (free) Esri Global ID could find or read the NIM reports but that doesn't seem to be true now. Perhaps it depends on the class of the NIM.

I've long thought it would be beneficial to have a public place where people could submit and view issues/bug reports as is standard with open source projects. This way we could see and perhaps help with those nebulous issues that are hard to pin down and never make it to official bug status (e.g. see the long running Desktop ArcGIS 10 Really Slow thread). Perhaps we already have this with http://ideas.arcgis.com (?)

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+1 Good beginning to an answer. The known issues link is helpful. –  Aaron Jul 11 '12 at 18:36
    
Matt, Meta is a forum for discussions about how our site works, so this question definitely does not belong there. I agree it's not a great question for us, because it is so localized in time, but it's borderline: it's getting a lot of views and plenty of analogous questions about other GIS software have been posted here. As your very informative answer demonstrates (+1), there is value in this thread. –  whuber Jul 11 '12 at 22:15
    
@whuber. Alright. I was riffing on Mapperz note about announcements ok on meta. I suppose that would mean the best place within the GIS.se framework for this is a chat room. –  matt wilkie Jul 12 '12 at 18:52
    
Matt, we have a new mechanism for announcements: the Community Bulletin on the sidebar. (To get an announcement posted there, propose it on meta so the community can vote it up.) But I don't see how that would be appropriate for this particular question. –  whuber Jul 12 '12 at 22:22
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