I agree completely with the if you havnt got a way forward, your views are pretty worthless.
That said - a lot of the problems we have been running into is interpretation of what, and more so, how, a way forward is communicated.
Poes law is a very effective technique for getting a viable way forward from an online community. Someone putting a stick in the sand and proclaiming this is the way forward, even though its a terrible idea and will never work.
It creates debate and engagement, and someone jumps in with a good or even great idea.
This however creates this problem for the observers often
The biggest challenge in my view is internal party engagement.
We had something over 300 votes being cast to determine who is going to be running things, and we have about 10 people who participate in the forums. So in the end, opinions and steps forward here do not mean anything. The people driving process and interpretation day to day are selected by a group that about 96% do not participate or engage in discussion.
Without fixing internal engagement, all this is busy work akin to writing policy that will never efffect anything.
We need to fix internal engagement. Without it all the dialogue is just going to be going in circles debating minor points like whether the hell to use facebook or not (Answer - who cares, we need a comms officer to manage that low level stuff and the Council sure as hell should not be involved in decision making of that level - they should be doing their job instead).
Fix internal comms. Kick out dead wood members that are not either engaged or contributing. That will boost morale and give contributing members a sense of value and purpose, which will attract useful new members.
It can feel like your being asked to sacrifice time and put yourself on the line for some invisible group that cant be bothered to share or participate. Sorry. Would love to see this go well, but time focus and attention are highly competitive in this day and age. Just ask anyone who's run an open source project. You need to be more than a good idea to get members and their commitment. Achieving and nurturing that should be priority #1 of the Council.This is why they exist, not debates about which communications protocol should be used.