I suppose in the grand scheme of things, the wait between the last NodeBB release (v1.4.6) and this release, v1.5.0, has not actually been long, though it has felt like so because the development team has been working on it for quite some time. In fact, the first closed issue of this milestone was actually completed in mid-December, and we've been anxiously waiting for the right time to release it.
The reason why we've held off on releasing v1.5.0 until today is so we could fit in as many breaking changes as we could at one time. We've received constructive criticism in the past about how difficult it was to upgrade NodeBB due to breaking changes (some unintentional), and so since the last minor release (v1.4.0), we've changed our strategy once again so that subsequent releases along the same branch should be more stable.
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