Newest Maintainer of Bitcoin Core Selected in Long-Time Contributor Michael Ford, aka fanquake


  • Michael Ford is now a maintainer of Bitcoin Core.
  • Maintainers, while they are not in charge of the coding, review and approve code that is integrated.

Michael Ford Now the Maintainer of Bitcoin Core Codebase

Bitcoin Core has had four maintainers who work on the blockchain to keep the ledger cleaned up and organized. However, at the latest CoreDev meeting, a new maintainer was selected for the open-source software project – Michael Ford. Ford has been a contributor for Bitcoin Core for quite a while, typically going by the handle “fanquake,” joining Samuel Dobson, Marco Falke, Jonas Schnelli, and Wladmir van Der Laan.

The developers meeting was in the invite-only event, which often involves many of the contributors with Bitcoin Core at a few meetings a year. Considering the fact that these developers are spread throughout the world, and that communication between them often just occurs through online chatting, this meeting is meant to give face-to-face interactions.

Focusing Mainly on Build System Development

The transcript from the meeting, which is covered by the Chatham House rule that makes these kinds of activities nameless, shows that Ford was nominated by someone else in the conversation. This transcript was written by another contributor Bryan Bishop. Now, Ford has the ability to merge finalized changes from his key into the code base, since he added it to the “trusted keys list” file that is listed on GitHub.

On GitHub, Ford commented,

“I’ll gain merge access and will continue with all triage/repo management work. I’ll be focusing primarily on build system development with some guidance from [Cory Fields].”

However, it is important to note that the title of “maintainer” is not the same as being a leader on a project.

Even with that classification, maintainers are essential to Bitcoin Core, impacting all open source projects. After reviewing a code change, maintainers are responsible for guiding along the process as the code snippets are merged.

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