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In the worst case, you just adopt the runtime yourself. I don't understand why people draw boundaries around certain frameworks, runtimes, and languages and say "I'm hiring that kind of engineer". A good developer can go up and down the stack as needed and fix any part of it --- including the language runtime.

People do tend to have a mental block where the possibility of fixing one of their dependencies is something that wouldn't even occur to them. To the point where they'll implement really complex workarounds in their own code instead of submitting a one-line patch (or sometimes even reporting it).

That said, as someone who is no stranger to contributing to upstream, the prospect of becoming the maintainer strikes me as something that is certainly not to be done lightly.

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