For those who don't follow the webmaster's queue, this issue is born out of a heated debate that turned nasty. I'm not going to link to it because this post is an attempt to break free of it and accomplish something positive. When I'm done writing this issue, I will make a post about it on Planet Drupal so all those affected by the decision are aware of it. Please help pass the word.
We have over time formed some guidelines that are listed here: http://drupal.org/about/drupal-planet . These guidelines were created in the issue queue by site maintainers which, while public, is off the normal beaten path for the average Drupal user. These guidelines are not set in stone and can be changed once a consensus is reached.
Why do we need guidelines at all? To make sure all site maintainers are on the same page. Any site maintainer can add or remove a feed. Without guidelines, this is done based on the best judgment of the maintainer. Generally we try to get at least a couple other maintainers to agree before making any changes but that's still putting the decision in the hands of 3 people out of 100+ who happen to be paying attention to the queue at that time and not taking into account opinions of the greater community. This results in uneven handling of the feeds, potentially rejecting a request that another maintainer might have approved and vice versa.
So let's get together in the spirit of finding out what is best for Planet and the people who use it and come up with a plan of how to make it the best and most useful feed we can. We can use the existing guidelines as a conversation starter but whole fresh proposals are welcome as well. Let's just please keep this conversation civil. We all want what's best for the community and we need to work together as a community to figure out what that is.