Unfortunately, yes. I received an e-mail from freeCodeCamp on September 4th (three weeks ago) saying that they would add me as a writer to the publication, do some light editing, and then publish my article. No editing or publishing has happened since then.
People who have tried to submit to freeCodeCamps’ publication before may have come across this guide for submission. But during my waiting period, I did manage to find another set of instructions for publishing to freeCodeCamp’s Medium publication here, which I had previously missed. The instructions mention that you can actually message Quincy Larson directly on Gitter to find out your article’s status. At the two-week mark after having submitted my article, I messaged Quincy and got a reply back. He said that he is behind on reviewing articles, but will catch up, and that I should expect an e-mail back. It’s been almost a week since then with no reply.
I completely agree with you on your point about time-sensitive articles. Sadly, my first experience with all this makes me feel like these types of articles would likely become stale before they ever reached their audience.
Like you mentioned, I understand that the whole editing/publication process can be very time-consuming. Fingers still crossed that I’ll hear back soon! I’ll let you know when I do.