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I am listed in the Drupal 8 MAINTAINERS.txt file as maintainer of the install system and Shortcut module. This is a carryover of the file from Drupal 7, and I don't believe I ever signed up for this directly in Drupal 8 (or if I did, it was so long ago that I forgot!).
Although I've reviewed some patches and made other contributions to each of these systems in Drupal 8, I don't think I'm "maintaining" them in the traditional sense of the word. So my name should be removed.