Um, I kept bugging them. In the CB, in the dev wiki and in private messages. Until they hated me, or at least that was how it felt anyway. :-)
If I may be so bold as to address the implicit comment in here, the main reason why some of your patches havent yet been applied (by me) is simply that when I've been around to do so you havent, and apparently vice versa. And frankly sometimes getting feedback from you via the CB about what is going on takes a long time (are you on a slow dial up maybe?) Anyway. I see you in the CB now, so perhaps we can take care of some patches eh?