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.

  • Have the Lead Maintainers divided up the code base into sections of responsibility? Aug 16 at 12:26
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    Most maintainers have their own focus area. There is no lead maintainer. Aug 16 at 13:33
  • What are those focus areas? Aug 16 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up-to-date (as pointed out in the comment there), but repeating things here will just result in more places that go out of date over time. Aug 16 at 15:08

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