I found that touching the file did not cause my site to refresh after making changes. After much search I found the following article, prompting my addition: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12316575/django-fcgi-new-edits-to-views-py-not-shown
I'm against documented workarounds for problems until their cause is well understood and it has been determined that they can't be resolved a a more satisfying way.
Imprecise recommendations such as "In some instances" lead to cargo culting. This isn't compatible with the goal of Django's documentation, which is to educate developers into using Django properly and understanding what they're doing.
This is a common and worrying trend in StackOverflow answers; the most upvoted answers frequently recommend quick'n'dirty workarounds, rather than explain and resolve the problem.s