Drupal 7 critical issues - how to conqueur the beast
As many know, Drupal 7 will be released once all its critical issues are resolved (currently 150).
I propose that we ask the the folks listed in MAINTAINERS.txt to more actively work down the issues in their respective components. Further, we start holding weekly IRC meetings with these maintainers. In these meetings, hear progress reports and discuss sticky cross-component issues. Transcripts from these meetings would be publicly accessible. I'm OK with ditching the meeting and just doing public progress reports if folks prefer that.
The criticals queue has been culled already. The 150 remaining issues are real, and non trivial. Bazaar like good-will won't get us to the finish line in a timely manner IMO. Just a dash of professionalism will really help here.
If you think you belong in this meeting but aren't in MAINTAINERS.txt, then submit a patch that adds yourself to MAINTAINERS.
webchick is managing the Drupal 7 release. I've offered myself as a facilitator for this piece of the process should she be interested.