@joe-morris Yes, for simplicity, the guide does not cover setting up a dedicated user for MongoDB.
Those specific instructions can be found in our more technical installation instructions here: https://docs.nodebb.org/installing/os/ubuntu/
It's not news to say 2020 has been... challenging. In Toronto, the home of NodeBB HQ, we've gone from a spring lockdown to a cautious summer reopening, to lockdown again — sigh. But the team has never stopped working, and have managed to squeeze out one last release before we thankfully turn over the calendar.
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