Release Thread for the week of 1/5

Week of 12/ 22 - 1 Release - 6 commits

Operational Notes:

Max on Holiday, will be back in next week.

Engineers still not at full strength this week, resulting in only 1 release this week.

Planning on a few tweaks and updates to the release process/agreement and bug reporting in github.

Come to roadmap monday you freaks.

specs in progress

Other feature process details: