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# The Future of discord.py
*If you're looking for a tl;dr, you can [check the FAQ](#FAQ).*
Greetings. If you don't know me, I'm Danny. I'm the core (and sole) maintainer of the discord.py library. Contrary to popular belief, I am actually not a Discord employee. In fact, I'm not even a professional programmer. In reality, I'm a medical professional who works at my local hospital. Despite all that, I do enjoy programming as a hobby and have worked on discord.py on my own free time.
I've been working on discord.py for about 6 years – a rather significant portion of my life has gone into maintaining this software library completely for free. I have never accepted donations. I have never asked for donations. This library has been my passion project, born completely out of a desire to see more bots on Discord written in Python. Over the years, many users of my library have told me that discord.py changed their lives. It empowered them to challenge themselves, create fun things, and find new opportunities. As someone who has always valued educative, open-source projects, it means so much to me to know that discord.py has had a positive impact on people's lives.
Unfortunately, today marks the end of my involvement in the project. Therefore, effective immediately, I will be stepping down as maintainer of the project. I asked the contributors that I trust if they wanted to take over the project, but no one accepted. Essentially, this is a unanimous decision that the discord.py project will be ending. The code remains open, so if someone wants to fork it and work with it, then they are free to do so. However, mainline development will cease as of today.