re: I was not ready to become the maintainer of Babel VIEW POST

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Yeah and you might end up being the "expert" afterwards.

I find myself knowing a lot more about npm/publishing due to the # of packages we have, now switching to scoped packages with @babel/core - switching all user permissions from individual packages to an organization, etc. You deal with a lot of interesting issues as a maintainer (moving issues between repos, deprecation, versioning, etc).

Also important that you remember that when you do learn more since you can emphasize with everyone else and maybe be a guide/help to make things better than when you first started.

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