I had never used Mongoose before but I know it is used for schema and validation. I was wondering though if anyone knew off chance if it could be added to NodeBB's database without it interfering with how it currently operates? I came across this backend administrative application called ForstAdmin and I was thinking about trying to see if I could add it into my current install. The application itself is made to integrate into an application you already have up and running, but that is under the assumption you are already have Mongoose and are using Express. I might spin up another board just to give it a go and see what happens, lol.
Ya, so I was dumb...I have a local dev instance and a staging server. I was playing around with some things and forgot to switch the theme back to vanilla which explains why I was missing the navbar for the login screen...boo me.
But yes, thanks for pointing that out. The template engine and middleware are making a lot more sense now after looking through the source for the last 2 days...
I'm going to start looking to add/update the documentation here soon...some of the stuff can drive you crazy if you aren't familiar with the version changes.
Also, after reading through most of core at this point I have to say it's an impressive piece of kit. Thumbs up to the core devs. @julian@baris@psychobunny