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The project task list allows a gantt view and can be used for status updates. Once the task is assigned, the assignee needs to provide regular status updates and update the task. With a regular comments field there is no time stamp and the user must just add comments to the task and remember not to remove old comments.

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I actually solved this issue by creating two fields and a workflow in SharePoint designer. I added one field for Current Comments, and another field for Comment History. The Comment History was created with "Add to all content types" unchecked. Then I created a list workflow with two steps that runs if Current Comments is not blank 1> Set Comments History equal to Comments History plus Current Comments. I also insert Modified (date) and Modified By (display name) 2> Set Current Comments to blank The workflow runs on create or edit. –  Mark Latture Oct 3 '11 at 14:13
    
Mark, you should add that as an answer and accept it if that was what fixed your issue. –  PirateEric Oct 3 '11 at 14:47

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I actually solved this issue by creating two fields and a workflow in SharePoint designer.

I added one field for Current Comments, and another field for Comment History.
The Comment History was created with "Add to all content types" unchecked.

Then I created a list workflow with two steps that runs if Current Comments is not blank 1> Set Comments History equal to Comments History plus Current Comments. I also insert Modified (date) and Modified By (display name)

2> Set Current Comments to blank

The workflow runs on create or edit.

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You could add a "comments" field - its built in to sharepoint and doesnt require workflows but is allowed to be append only so you cannot overwrite previous posters comments: see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/231529/comments-field-in-sharepoint-issue-tracking-list

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