There is a discussion underway about adopting a similar release schedule for Drupal 7 that Drupal 8 is using (i.e., a six-month feature release schedule, with pseudo-semantic versioning).
This is not a major change to current policy, but it would mean that new features or other potentially disruptive patches to Drupal 7 core would be limited to two windows per year, with the corresponding releases given a round number (for example, Drupal 7.50, Drupal 7.60, etc.) to indicate their importance.
I'd like to bring the discussion to a close soon so that if we do adopt the new schedule, the first such release can be slated for April 20 (the same day as the Drupal 8.1.0 release).
If you have any feedback on this proposal, please try to comment within the next week here: https://www.drupal.org/node/2598382