Here are some ideals I'd like to see in Drupal core development:
- There is a process by which the quality of Drupal can improve.
- Non-coders can participate in planning.
- Maintainers have a well-understood reason for saying, "No."
- Everyone can do a better job of estimating their real level of participation in core development.
- Time is structured such that we respect the time and effort of others.
I want to talk about that last one: Everyone's time and effort is valued.