Gedit is no longer maintained →
UPDATE, 2017-08-11: It turns out Gedit found two maintainers, actually; as it can be seen at their wiki page. I’m adding a link to the HN thread I saw as it seems it was sent almost at the same time new maintainers were announced.
According to this message posted in the Gedit mailing list three weeks ago (that for some reason hasn’t pop out until this week), Gedit is no longer maintained. They are looking for someone to maintain the software including all the plugins.
Gedit was my number one graphical choice years ago, as a general plain text editor and when working with programming languages that did not require an IDE such as PHP or Python. The user interface was easy and the software felt powerful with all those syntax colours and settings.
Then GNOME 3 came and they rewrote the UI and they made it almost unusable by removing most of the menu commands and moving things to places it made no sense at all. geany is still a good choice I use on VMs, even though for serious work I moved to VSCode (open source).