Back at DrupalCon Chicago, Dries outlined a strategy for Drupal 8 involving a series of "gates" that would help ensure core code quality in a number of different categories: Documentation, Performance, Accessibility, Usability, and Testing. The purpose of gates is to define essentially a set of "checkboxes" which outline the most important aspects to each category, and does so in a way that is both not overwhelming to core developers (list of hoops to jump through is kept as small as possible) and also creates very little additional burden on the team in question (contains ample links to documentation/resources so developers/reviewers can help themselves).
Since we have already traditionally had requirements around documentation, it made sense to start there. Jennifer Hodgdon and some other folks from the documentation team have put together the Documentation gate, which is available at http://drupal.org/node/1203498. What we need is a similar table for each of the other gate areas. If you'd like to help with this, please see one or more of the following posts: