As you might've heard, migrate is my last core work -- once migrate is done, I am finished with core development. Meanwhile, I will not participate in any other core issue except those blocking migrate (and the entity query conversion meta). As I have been doing core work for a long time, I am sure there are a few questions. Let me quickly go over them:
Is this a sign of Drupal in crisis?
Absolutely not. Drupal is stronger than ever -- my disagreements and the unacceptable manner in which I have expressed them drained contributors and has driven some away. My contributions are no longer useful enough to counter this, by far. I was not working on beta blockers lately so likely the release won't slip because of this.
Are you gone completely?
I have taken a break from core work before but by now my vision of Drupal differs from others' not just in technical matters but also in decision-making processes and the future of the community. So yes, I will not participate in core development for a long while, likely forever. However, I will still attend DrupalSouth, Dev Days at Szeged and the camp in New York -- these are necessary to finish Migrate. I will come to DrupalCon Amsterdam -- however, DrupalCon Austin doesn't seem likely at this point. I will still use Drupal. Likely maintain a contrib module or two. I'll be on IRC, on smaller channels, like #drupal-migrate in case you need to ask something. And my email, the contact tab, etc. won't stop working.
What about stepping down considerately?
I have dropped all elevated roles I had on drupal.org, groups.drupal.org and qa.drupal.org. The Drupal Code of Conduct asks that those stepping down "take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where they left off" -- Others have been working on everything I've participated in in D8. There's no issue that is bottlenecked by me, and I don't foresee any disruption to the project. And again, I am not dropping off the face of the Earth -- please, ask away as necessary.
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