Okay this thread is too much to digest at once so I'm just going to post my personal opinions.
There should be an irc channel where the council holds discussions on issues like these, occasionally other users (voters that qualified the previous round maybe?) will be allowed to chime in at certain times.
Decisions like what to suspect should be held on this irc channel at specified times and the decision should go onto the forums (maybe PR specifically) a couple days before the round starts for last second discussions.
I guess that's it really. I want transparency across the entire site and I think the way this decision was handled (while the right decision in the end) could have been done a lot better. So first I'd really like to push through the irc channel and we can work from there. I'd also love to engage in discourse about the current suspect test with anyone who wants to on irc.
(also note I think kd was justified in making this topic and i'm glad he did)