I'm working on a plugin to speed up WordPress queries by adding / changing indexes on WordPress tables.
My question is this: should I make my plugin refuse to work if the database version in
$wp_db_version is greater than what I've tested with? It's now at 49752.
It seems from
wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php that the core team sometimes adds or changes indexes, but that they haven't done so since the 4-byte utfmb4 character set came along.
What's the core team discipline for updating the database version number? In the past, have database updates appeared in the beta releases? (Giving me a chance to test my stuff before the release goes live.)