just to summarize my last email (since it's been over a week again): there was quite some work done behind the scenes for flashrom's git conversion that also included a proposed change in the development process in form of a second "main" branch named staging that would have been introduced to get patches up to a sane quality level faster.
What I had not anticipated was the strong wish to change the reviewing process/tools and the resulting surge of reviews and new (conflicting) changes. My plan was simply to take patches provided by any means (and thus lowering the barrier for contributing although that was only a bonus) polish them only minimally and then push them to staging to get them tested. The old (and already somewhat tested) patches would have had priority to keep conflicts low. This would have been done rather manually and without much interaction with others (there were practically no others in the last years :).
However, I was persuaded to allow Patrick to set up coreboot's Gerrit for the staging branch of flashrom back in Spring 2017. This obviously made people enthusiastic to participate in the development again and especially got some reviewing going that has not happened on the ML for a long time (although it was by no means meant to be used already). This new interest was a great though (to me) very surprising development.
I ignored that for the time being because I saw it merely as a test to see how flashrom people get along with Gerrit and if they actually do reviews unlike on the ML before. And, again, I did not expect it to get that far but thought it would die off quickly and that I could deal with it then later. Another reason was that I had no control about it whatsoever anyway. That means I (still) cannot change the configuration including permissions, various hooks including the one that syncs the upstream repo (https://www.flashrom.org/git/flashrom.git/) etc. I *still* don't even have the rights to +2/-2 changes regarding flashrom on Gerrit. So instead of paying close attention to what happened on the staging branch without my involvement I spent the little free time I diverted to flashrom into polishing up the build bot further to allow its integration into jenkins (e.g., add synchronization to make (queuing of) parallel execution possible) and refine my git conversion patch to take Gerrit into account (which of course it wasn't yet because Gerrit was not in my plans before).
Unfortunately the staging branch on Gerrit got a bit out of hand unexpectedly due to its success. There were some changes submitted that kinda made dozens if not hundreds of hours of my work obsolete without anybody even consulting me. The git conversion patch that I submitted to the ML in fall 2016 (that wasn't reviewed there) was hijacked in the sense that David took the (already outdated) version from the ML and pushed it for review on Gerrit. Then Nico did a very thorough review of it and it got submitted eventually with a number of changes that were partially not in my interest including one that completely broke the generation of tarballs. Patrick (who set up Gerrit) re-implemented a patch that was even acknowledged on the ML and sitting on my local commit queue to be committed immediately after the git patch. In the meantime patchwork (the database of old (and new) patches submitted to the ML) broke (out of my reach) and it didn't look like it would get fixed for months - but Patrick did so eventually with some efforts.
All the above wasn't helping my motivation much either, neither was the continuous passive (and sometimes not so much) aggressiveness towards any efforts on my side to improve the situation from my PoV. The situation increasingly felt like a hostile takeover... which is even worse than a hostile fork. So it pretty much looks and feels like my involvement is neither needed nor welcome by the active community. I've been doing flashrom development as a hobby but it certainly became more than that - it became a responsibility towards the users and somehow an honor (for the lack of a better word).
However, it kinda stopped being fun in the last year and I can't influence the events the way I deem necessary to fulfill the perceived responsibility without making it even less fun for me and probably everybody else at the same time which in the current situation would simply lead to escalation that I deem even worse than give way. For those reasons I am (now officially) standing down as whatever I am/was to flashrom.
FWIW, AFAICT Nico is in general doing a good job driving the development and is certainly more than qualified to lead the development even though I am definitely not agreeing with him all the time and I would have wished for a better cooperation in the past years of my involvement - they would have been way more productive that way.
I'd say if anybody would actually ask me (but the email is too long already anyway) my biggest failure was that I tried to compromise too much. If I would have changed to git earlier and ignore Carl-Daniel's sentiments towards it, putting things forward even without reviews and no (or less) consensus (there can't be consensus in the void anyway), or even switching to Gerrit and not trying to compromise with myself in this regard... things could have been much different now.
I'll probably not vanish completely and try to at least push the Patchwork patches and my private ones to Gerrit when I got time and maybe even more but I won't promise anything anymore that I possibly won't keep nor will I take any responsibilities for future releases. Let me know if you need anything else (e.g., passwords).