You wouldn't think a free syntax highlighting library would be a strong dependency for the development process of a business, and yet I'm waking up on a Monday to a flurry of comments and even one personal email from engineers eager to ask me to work for free for their employers.
So of course I took time to scathingly turn it into a teachable moment.
I would like if you revert the change. It is currently blocking a lot of build from other people
Let me take this as an opportunity to explain something about the current sorry state of relationship between businesses and open source projects. (Yeah, I know, but people still don't get it.)
highlight.js is not a business, it's a hobby.
It means that whatever gets pushed to this repository or npm should be assumed to be the result of someone having fooled around and gone away for a weekend with their family. Or for a busy working day at their job.
If a business has made a decision to rely on this artifact for anything requiring any sort of stability (i.e. "blocking a lot of build from other people"), it made a stupid and uninformed decision. Or more realistically, it simply relies on maintainers feeling ashamed enough to quickly fix problems when they happen. Even more realistically, it just accepts the fact that their engineers are going to deal with maintainers by soliciting free support, because it has always worked this way. I, for one, don't feel any urge at all supporting someone's misplaced expectations :-)
So, dear fellow engineers, please take this build hiccup as an opportunity to explain to your particular business people that their entire intellectual property is a thin layer on top of a shaky foundation of open-source code lazily maintained by hobbyists or paid for by other businesses having their own goals in mind. Mention the leftpad story for more effect.
If they really want stability they have to invest in it.
… by, for example, hiring engineers to deal with myriad of dependencies, maintain local stable forks, contribute patches upstream, or whatever — the key point is that it should not look like it "just works" on fairy dust.