To me, what makes Drupal community strong is that they rely on community consensus for making a lot of decisions. I’m a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois. For the past two years I've been studying how the discussions unfold in Drupal's issue queue and how decisions are made. I am impressed with the way that the community members collaborate to build a better Drupal, but my studies have shown that half of the discussions do not reach consensus. The goal of my research project is to bring a stronger form of consensus building to the discussions in Drupal. As part of this project, I've designed and implemented an add-on for Drupal issue queue, which is called Procid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_kHWOjXEtQ
Give Procid a try and let me know what you think!
You can download the procid.user.js file and follow these instructions to install Procid on Chrome: https://raw.github.com/albaloo/procid-client/master/screenshots/procid-c...
I’ll encourage you to install Procid and try it in the discussions you are currently participating.