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    Very interesting points about external contributions in this article:

    It is hard for an outsider to come in and make a meaningful contribution to the core library. I have found this also to be true for rbd. Changes on the fringes of the project are welcome and encouraged: documentation, build improvements, types, examples and (minor) bug fixes. But external contributors generally lack the context to make bigger changes. We do get some from time to time, but they often an attempt to meet their own goals without thinking more broadly about the library. I have found that these proposed changes are often in conflict with the accessibility or philosophy of the project.

    As a result, he merged some external bug fixes, but no features contributed entirely by an external person.