@a_5mith, it used to do something, right?
Yeah it used to list all the plugins in npm and (I think) allow you to install them. But this was added to core a fair few versions back. Around 0.3 or 0.4. I hope that's the plugin I'm thinking of.
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.