I'm sorry, one more point that I forgot to address before was #cap. Having all discussion about CAP outside of the process threads be restricted to #cap is a big problem. It's hard to actually have the same kinds of discussions in real-time compared to in forum threads, it's harder to keep up with those discussions, and frankly, #cap isn't as friendly and welcoming as advertised. Then there's the issue that a lot of what gets discussed in #cap leaks over to the main project with a lot of contributors having no idea where it came from or the discussions behind it.
A great example of this was the Multi-Type discussion for Necturna. From what I gather, it was an idea thrown around and discussed on #cap, but the problem is that for those of us who don't go to #cap, it came entirely out of left field and yet somehow still had some backing. I know that at least I wondered why we all can't do that. For example, why couldn't I have started a thread about Normalize? That could have had discussions and implications exactly as interesting as Multi-Type, but because I'm not on #cap, I don't have a vehicle to bring up my ideas the same way.
If you don't want people to feel left out, bring those discussions from #cap here. Let people bring up their ideas here. And don't shoot this down by calling it poll-jumping, because that's exactly what the Multi-Type discussion was.