Having said this we're not many people and we can't cover all areas as quickly as some of you would like.
I'm not questioning that, at all. I am a bit disturbed by the fact you seem to think we only want to receive.
Maybe there is a misunderstanding, the community could lighten your work load. Collaborating doesn't have to mean that you get yet another task that eats time. Though that will mean you have to share some reason about why you decided on things. Maybe the arduino team doesn't want to let go of some of that power. (you see, some of the interpreting/guessing there.)
Maybe you/we need to appoint one or several spokespersons. That way the team can have a single point to throw info to without taking much time in clarifying/discussions.