Oh got it! Thanks @phenomlab
So I'm running nodebb on an ubuntu vps and using mongodb as the database -- now I know I can simply use the cli command "mongo" to enter the shell -- but where is the data stored in general?
I'd like to experiment with the database, and eventually test out getting other things to connect to it.
(I used the the -y git nodejs mongodb build-essential to install it by the way)
For anyone interested, I was able to trace some information down
so using: "ps -xa | grep mongod" I was able to locate the config file for mongo in /etc/ (different than etc/)
if you open the config file (mongodb.conf) -- some use gedit (if your distro has it or not), I use vim: vim mongodb.conf
you can then find the path for the database =o -- for me that was: /var/lib/mongodb
Hope this helps if anyone stumbles across this post
If you're stuck in vim be sure to press "esc" on your keyboard, and then type ":q"
I would recommend looking up vim and how it works if you plan on editing files with it -- alternatively, you could use sftp if you're using a VPS.