It seems that my recent article about the WordPress AutoUpdate feature has garnered some feedback from another author at this site. I feel compelled to respond to some of the points that Rhys has made.
WordPress’ automatic updates are only activated for minor releases. Minor releases are when you go – for example – from 3.8 to 3.8.1 (which was the latest update). Major releases will be when WordPress goes from – say – 3.8.1 to 3.9.
My contribution to this site was by personal request from a site owner here. As the request was spontaneous, it wasn’t my intention to write a complete tutorial on the WordPress AutoUpdate feature. That being said, I read a lot of this sort of thing at the thread I started on the WordPress.org forum. For me, that argument fell flat.
None of the software that I’ve written, nor the sites that I own or am obligated to maintain, failed with this update or any other update. I’ve always done regular backups beyond the backup done at the time of the update and not having the opportunity to do that snapshot backup prior to the rollout of the update was disturbing.