My experience with stabilization branches:
Im my post i share some of my observations what occurred when the developers decided to introduce a stabilization branches.
In the context I am talking about, there was
The concept was tried and ... failed:
The concept increased merge efforts:
The concept led to huge confusion where to fix what and when to check in
The concept also violates the idea of continuous integration and is a real example of local optimization, which (even with good intensions) lead to bad results.
An article about Continuous Integration from Martin Fowler from 2006 can be found here