So, part of the problem that we need to solve involves notifications - being able to know when there's something going on that you might want to be a part of and being able to manage the noise.
At the moment, I'm thinking broadly about three solution areas:
Messaging for Rapid/Frequent/Immediate: imagine if we had a little bot that looked at the things that you said you wanted to know about (tags, phases eg. 'testing', 'RTBC', 'Documentation' etc.) and perhaps other things and if it found something that matched (or if someone particularly asked for you) it sent off a message to IRC or Twitter or some other messaging service - ping! This, of course, is completely opt in/configurable.
Use Email for Digest/Summary: if you get too many emails, you ignore email. Email is not a great way to keep on top of important/urgent but intensive requests for attention. So, imagine if, instead, we could aggregate the above requests into a nice email that sent itself according to some business rules that went something like this: Once there are x requests, then send an email (perhaps you could set that number yourself depending on how many requests you get and how important it is that you get them in a timely manner), and supplement that with 'or if total is less than x , send a digest of all requests received every xhrs/days (again, you control the frequency).
Dashboard when you want an overview & want to explore opportunities to engage: We redesign the dashboard so that it (even) better supports our ability to see not only the issues we're already engaged in but the ones that the system and people think we might be interested in engaging with.
I'd totally love those three things right now. Would you? (Or is there something better/different/extra that you'd prefer?)