Thank you for the reply. While I can appreciate the nature of their concern, I find it astounding that NextCloud would undertake highly intensive promotion of release 17, while, as you say, they are concerned about load management in the release channels. For a couple of weeks now I have been receiving desktop notifications multiple times per day encouraging me to upgrade to v17, not to mention a screen-wide banners promoting the benefits of v17 when I would log into my v16 NC dashboard. If the servers, and or the release quality itself are in question, why not opt for a quite intro of v17 and ramp up promotions in coordination with supply and distribution capabilities? Furthermore, if the web installer is at the end of the release queue, just be clear on the current version that is actually available, rather noting some indefinite time-frame for a future release.
I actually had installed v16 previously, but the updater offering v17 repeated failed, without any real error message. Had the download link stated a current version number … I would have simply waited.
Anyway, I do appreciate the clarifications. All the best!