Yesterday and today there has been some significant news for the WordPress project. We now have two new lead developers, and two long-time leads are stepping down after outstanding tenures assisting with steering the ship. Yesterday, it was announced that Helen Hou-Sandí and Dion Hulse are now lead developers of the WordPress project. That announcement, we learned today, is tied to another: that Peter Westwood and Ryan Boren are stepping down from their lead developer roles. Peter and Ryan have been enormously influential on the project. Ryan Boren has been committing to the WordPress codebase for over 11 years (aka: since the beginning), and has more commits — 7,961 according to Open Hub — than anyone. Peter has been committing for 7 years, and has 1,261 commits to his name. However, a lead developer’s influence goes well beyond commit; they are the guardians of the project. Both Ryan and Peter have been more quiet lately than years prior. Andrew Nacin describes it like so: For some time now, Ryan and Peter have avoided weighing in on technical matters. Very simply, when you aren’t able to be active in development, you know you’re not up to speed, and you realize your words shouldn’t
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