Yes, don't release anything while you're on vacation. Do something else, holidays are holidays.
Thanks for the update, Linc. Hope you enjoyed your vacation time, and thanks to the whole vanilla forums team for all their hard work.
I've been looking forward to this and holding off on some big plans all year, because i've spent weeks with other forum software and still haven't found something suitable. I'd be happy with the feature set of 2.7... 2.8 would be a fantastic bonus, even if it means waiting a bit longer.
I've moved ahead with planning to release 2.8 in February. Issues have been filed on GitHub.