Jean-Marie is a very old and good friend of mine. We are both co-founders of Joomla and worked together ever since. I have meet Christoph on a Joomla!Day in France once a while ago. Both are positive people from my point of few.
Do you know that Jean-Marie is also a Contributor here in the forum? You see it is not that easy sometimes for us old fellows to find the right steps, may be we need help of people like you
From my point of view it is very complicate atm as I just do not understand the direction they are heading. I'm a person working based on agile plans. These plans are changing on demand but I try to focus on commitments and things that I plan before I do it. Without such a plan it is hard for me to just contribute something based on getting a status.
In Joomla there is currently a tendency that feels like: I develop something I think it is cool and then I try to convince others that it is cool. If I succeed it will be merged into the core. This sounds odd for me as there is a chance of wasted time if you do not succeed to convince others. I would prefer a way in which some people thing about a plan/wishlist and clearly state that they need help getting something particular implemented.
Anyhow I have an idea to organize something during J and Beyond 2012. May be this is a chance to overcome these issues. You are invited if you like.