Some of this is why the LEDE fork took place in the first place. The re-merge has similarly re-encountered the original intransigence. My personal perception is that progress was being held back by one developer who held the keys to the original forum & original email list and despite repeated requests never quite got around to handing things over. The problem has become self-limiting though as the machine in question, running the original forums & email list & domain services has gone AWOL/died/burst into flames, thus DNS was switched to services running under the auspices of SPI. The LEDE based forums, lists, bug trackers etc have not suffered any outage and many devs have keys to these boxes in the event of issues. The fact that the email list situation has dragged on for so long is ridiculous and in my opinion showed where the heart was on the part of at least one ‘key’ person in openwrt land, they’d rather confusion reign instead of actually merge. Fortunately this attitude appears to be a one off as agreement and cooperation with others is thriving: In the meantime, today sees branches for a major release 18.06 being made, something that would have happened a week or so ago had the machine issue not occurred.