I've been looking at this for a long time: https://news-web.php.net/
Almost every single mailing list has the last messages sent to them in the year 2000-2003. That's 17-20 years ago!
It would be an understatement to say that I was shocked by this. I find it seriously creepy.
Even the most "active" PHP mailing list on that page has almost no messages at all, and those that exist are from the same couple of people, with zero responses to their questions...
The complete deadness of the PHP mailing lists, coupled with the state of the manual, would make me think that the PHP language doesn't even exist if it weren't for the fact that new releases regularly are published, the most recently PHP 8.0.0 (which contains some bugs which I reported and which somebody apparently fixed, but there has not been any new release since that patch).
The only other form of communication listed on https://www.php.net/support.php is the IRC chat room, which is very inactive and cannot even be accessed because of freenode's extreme anti-privacy measures.
Obviously, PHP is not dead, but its website could have fooled me into believing so if I didn't know better.
How can this be? It's almost impressive how not a single spam message or anything could have been sent for decades to their mailing lists. Nothing on that page I linked to indicates which ones are active/dead, and I have no clue how I'm supposed to reach somebody working on PHP since they don't respond to anything sent to any of their mailing lists.
I truly don't know what to make of this. There's clearly people maintaining the project (at least the language itself), but why keep all those ultra-dead lists around like that? This is like a cold shower, as if I'm suddenly realizing that the software I rely entirely on and have so much invested into is still basically run by a couple of random guys who do everything.
I hope I'm missing something.