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John Blackbourn 🇪🇺
I'm stepping back from WordPress core involvement for a few months because the atmosphere around here lately stinks. I'm a fan of Gutenberg, but when valid criticism is *continually* met with defensiveness and correction instead of open-mindedness, it's not healthy for anyone.
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John Blackbourn 🇪🇺 Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm not going far, and I'll get straight back into things in the new year. In the meantime I'll be working with a team at Human Made building some *very* cool stuff on Gutenberg for an enterprise client :-)
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Carole Olinger 🤘 Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
Taking care of yourself is most certainly the best you can do at the moment. So, take care!
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Rian Rietveld Nov 3
What Carole said! :bearhug:
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Thomas⚡️Audunhus Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
I had a lot of respect for you before, and now I respect you even more. Having people like you involved in core is important, but it's equally important that people like you speak up and step away if the atmosphere and workflow is not the way it should be.
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Thomas⚡️Audunhus Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
Hopefully this, together with other people stepping away, will get some peoples eyes up so that it's not just for the better for you, but also for WordPress. Stay healthy!
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Andrey Savchenko Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
thank you for your efforts and have a blast doing something else for a while :)
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Francesca Marano Nov 3
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Birgit Pauli-Haack - CU at #WCUS Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
Burn-out is real. Me-time is important. Thank you, John for all you do in the WordPress community. I learned so much from you. Stay close at a distance. 🙏 🤗 💕🎠
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Cristiano Zanca Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
Take care of you Have a break sometime is the best choice Thank you for your extraordinary and precious contribute to WP community, hope we can share soon a cup of chocolate in Torino 🙂
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Andrea Fercia Nov 3
> I'm not going far. Right. is not so far 😄 looking forward to meeting you there and having some good Italian 🍷
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Joe O’Connor Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion @redcrew
Gutenberg was developed with problems so accessibility is the problem, not development. Those of us who work solely in accessibility know this scenario well.
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⚫ Mik Scarlet Nov 5
Replying to @johnbillion
If Gutenberg goes live with serious flaws in accessibility that have been flagged already it will do serious damage to the reputation of . isn't just an add on, it's essential to making it compliant globally. People like John must be listened to.
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Vishal Kothari Nov 2
Replying to @johnbillion
I had the chance to learn from you first-hand at WordCamp Sofia in 2015. Thank you for your contribution & your teaching. 💯
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William Earnhardt Nov 2
Replying to @johnbillion
😞 I hope my post was not the final straw here. I didn’t mean for it to be a combative thing, but I probably don’t write enough posts to clearly articulate my thoughts. We need people like you in the community.
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Marcel Bootsman Nov 2
Replying to @johnbillion
😔 Thanks for your efforts and contributions on making WordPress better.
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Nic Bertino Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
I got out of Slack for a bit because I was feeling the same, and I feel much better. It was consuming a lot of my time and energy.
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Thorsten Frommen Nov 3
Replying to @johnbillion
Hey John, thanks for the Billion (get it?) patches to Core, and, much more importantly, keeping WordPress secure!
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Fulvio Notarstefano Nov 2
Replying to @johnbillion
I've read about accessibility problems, and only then realized how poorly accessible is. Overall it feels a modern editor, but also a turning point in WP, for good and bad. I hope it will prompt a review of the WP project, maybe bring LTS and true semver, among other things.
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