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Playing off this question a little bit, I'd like to know how the SO team prioritizes and processes requests such as fixing bugs and implementing new features.
It strikes me that the current system is a bit 'loose', where things are fixed or implemented on a whim. This may or may not actually be true, and I'm not saying there's anything inherently wrong with the current system, but at the same time, I think there is room for improvement.
In particular, sometimes there may be hidden or higher motivations for some decisions, which I think should be explained and/or discussed, sometimes in far greater detail than has been exposed in the past. What are these motivations, and how do they relate to the overall vision for the sites? If the community knows more about these motivations, we can collectively solve the problem in a way that meets everyone's needs.
How can we improve the current process to better satisfy both the community and its leaders?