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Does it have to be one of the 5 Lead Maintainers, or who can merge a pull request to the Bitcoin Core master branch?

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See https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md#decision-making-process:

Whether a pull request is merged into Bitcoin Core rests with the project merge maintainers.

Maintainers will take into consideration if a patch is in line with the general principles of the project; meets the minimum standards for inclusion; and will judge the general consensus of contributors.

Any maintainer can approve merges. See Is there a list of core Bitcoin committers? for a list of maintainers.

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  • Have the Lead Maintainers divided up the code base into sections of responsibility?
    – Eoin
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 12:26
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    Most maintainers have their own focus area. There is no lead maintainer. Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 13:33
  • What are those focus areas?
    – Eoin
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 15:05
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    Read the linked answer. It's not entirely up-to-date (as pointed out in the comment there), but repeating things here will just result in more places that go out of date over time. Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 15:08

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