We've been working on v0.4 since i became involved with FO, so i don't quite know how we finish this off.
Assuming we come to the point where no-one has anything to add to v.0.4 design pad, what happens next from a design standpoint? (obviously there will be coding to do, but that's not my concern here)
By what process does the v.04 design pad become the official v.0.4, and work officially begins on v.0.5?
Will Tyreth and/or Aquitaine be involved? Voting? Consulting of oracles and/or magic 8 balls?
As of now, the v0.4 design pad becomes the v0.4 requirements when I say so. At the moment, I suspect that will be when the planetary resource distribution stuff is resolved, although another issue might come up. I suspect we'll need a revision, perhaps v0.4.5 or v0.4.1 (numbering is vague at best with this project...) once we get an actual combat engine and see how things work in practice, as well as what additional questions we've not yet thought to ask, let alone answer, in the v0.4 document.
There should probably also be a section added that discussed changes to stuff from v0.3 and earlier that have been made. For example: Planets now start with maxed out meters, since the 75% ones (as in v0.3) grew to maxed in a few turns anyway and it was (IMO) rather stilly to have them start that way.
As well, a lot of the specific numbers in tables in v0.3 and earlier don't really belong in the design document, since they get tweaked quite a bit over time, and are really content, not higher-level design stuff. IMO the design document should consist mainly of (1) features that need to be in the code and (2) general principles about content that we intend to add to the game. This does not include specific numbers in universe generation tables, or exactly how universe generation should be caluclated, or what techs or ship hulls we'll have.
There used to be a more formal process for this stage of the design process... "Formal" in the sense that a discussion was had on the "Game features" forum instead of the "Game Design" forum and was called a "Public Review". This thread (currently in Game Design) is pretty much what used to be a public review for the v0.4 design document as it is now, though. These also used to be held for major features, but I haven't seen a need to do so after the initial design discussion.
v0.5 work already has begun, in the preliminary thread.
Tyreth is not particularly interested in issues and decisions such as this, although he is there as, effectively, a supreme court of the FreeOrion project in case someone thinks I or tzlaine or pd are idiots or have disappeared and need to be replaced.
Aq has posted twice in the last year, give or take a few days, and not once since June; he's effectively gone (although his last visit seems to have been yesterday; nice to know he's / you're still checking in from time to time). His opinions carry weight, but unless Tyreth says otherwise, he has no official decision-making roles at present.