That’s very reasonable, and I’m sorry we haven’t been more proactive in coordinating with you! I agree there should be more time between last merged PR and staging the release, and again between staging and actually publishing.
We definitely want to slow things down for the RC cycle, which will start in 6 weeks, and will have RCs every two-three weeks. We intend to spend a significant amount of time helping more of the eco system upgrade, so we may end up delaying the RCs as necessary.
At least that’s the current plan. Let’s discuss!