How wonderful is it when you make a PR to an upstream library and it gets reviewed, merged and released in a timely manner? With constructive comments and improvements from the maintainer? It is so rare!
In so many cases the maintainer has moved on and is no longer interested. We really need mechanisms to make project ownership more fluid. GitHub's notion of fork does not solve the problem, although it is a good first step: ownership of the package on PyPI / npm / other platforms is the key.
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