An open letter to the Maintainers

This is my personal reaction to this github-issue

To be honest: I’m disappointed. And frustrated.

Lornas note about closing down got me rather by surprise. As a long time contributor the project and maintainer of a I knew that we were loosing traction. That was one of the reasons why I tried to get us together to find a way out of this stale situation. Sadly we never managed to find a date or time. And due to the stale situation and no real or timely response to PRs and Issues peoples attention drifted away from the project. So the base of people that contributed intensely faded. But there were still some people left. Not only me but f.e. Scott or Dan.

I would have expected a call from the maintainers to those few people that were still contributing and showing that they cared about the project about the situation and to find a way out. Have a discussion with them. It might have been that we all agreed on giving up. But we will never find out as it didn’t happen.

Instead we are confronted with a fact. Presented by someone that stepped down as maintainer some time ago.

That is frustrating. Especially as we tried to gain traction by assigning tickets an easy-pick label just a few days ago. To attract new contributors. Reading that there were no people willing to step up as maintainer is frustrating when you multiple times offer to help out. When you offer to take action in different fields, all you need are the keys: and nothing happens.

And it’s disappointing: I thought we’d communicate differently. Disappointing as the offer was provided multiple times to help out to keep the project running (The offer was never taken). Disappointed that the information did not come from the maintainers but from someone not really actively involved anymore.

Sorry to say so and I still want to be alive. But I’m increasingly thinking about just letting it go. It was an interesting time and taught me a lot. Perhaps it also teaches me how to let go and how to handle frustration and disappointment?