The due date for 0.5x is mid June-ish, although we have a ton of cool things in the works aside from this so it might be pushed a week or so beyond that. Can give you a better estimate once we start rolling stuff out, @baris already has the initial version out for the tag system for example
Pages instead of infinite scrolling
is there an option to have pages of threads/posts instead of infinite scrolling down to load more?
I think somebody was working on this feature @ https://github.com/designcreateplay/NodeBB/pull/439
but don't believe that it was ever working enough for us to safely merge into the core. The feature is open for grabs if anybody wants to take a look into it, but not a huge priority for core right this moment - sometime in the future it will be though