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If you're this traumatized by my decision, then honestly, I blame you (and people like you) for my burn out. Where were your contributions to the library, your documentation patches, your discussions of better ways to implement things? Have you been in the IRC channel, daily, helping people troubleshoot problems? Have you posted frequently on the mailing list in response to questions? If you're so dependent on Capistrano, where have you been? If your silence was because it all "just worked", then why are you so disgusted now? It all still "just works".

As for the "Hey, anyone interested" blog post: I've tried that before, on other projects. People don't respond to those. No one volunteers to be hit on the head with hammer repeatedly for no other compensation than a few slaps on the back. You have to really, really, REALLY want to do it, and a blog post is a bad way to ask for passion. Passion is discovered when you realize you need something, and it's not there (or not ENOUGH there). By dropping out, I've created an environment where people have to really examine their use of Capistrano and decide how passionate they are about it. Passionate enough to pick up where I left off? We'll see.

My decision was the right one. I stand by it. There has already been a post on the mailing list by a couple of programmers who have the credentials and the passion, and are willing to carry the torch. Maybe they would have responded to a blog post. Maybe not. But they've responded now, and now the community can either support them, or look elsewhere. My official sanction has nothing to do with it.

I am sorry you (and a handful of others) are frustrated. I wish it hadn't come to this. But honestly, it's not my problem anymore. (And my! How wonderful to be able to say that!)

It really seems like the Ruby community does this to people who do great things. Another good example of this is Zed Shaw/Mongrel.

However, I'd have to say, being a loyal user of capistrano, I am not sure that I could have brought anything meaningful to the table regarding its architecture or decisions, it was just a great piece of software that I used, and will continue to use.

Thanks for the work on Capistrano. You have increased the quality of my life.

Jamis, thanks for all the hard work you have put in these libraries. You have made my life so much easier and I will be forever grateful for that.

I'm sorry to hear that you burned out and I hope that you will quickly recover.

I respect your decision and I believe you did the right thing. Your health comes before a few folks that are not willing to put the effort to fix things that bother them about the libraries.

You've already done way more than was required of you. Thanks!

Big props, Jamis, and thanks for all the work.

I'm not traumatized or especially disgusted. Disappointed, maybe. You've got a weird habit of reading things about motives and claims I haven't made.

I'm constantly baffled by how people like you can reasonably be disappointed a Jamis for giving a great piece of software away for free. Is this how you would treat a person who gives you a gift? By complaining that he stops giving gifts? How can you even look at yourself in the mirror without thinking that you've done him injustice?

Yeesh. Jamis wrote great code and has been rightly praised by commenters for it. I'm not trying to negate that, just suggest he could've hung it up better. Not every discussion is sbout black and white, I'm not trying to tear down every good thing he's done.

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