He says vague things about patches too, but I'm not sure what.  If he
wanted to make that into a 'patchbot' that just applied every patch in
isolation and ran 'make && make test' and posted results in the
tracker I'd be a happy camper.

Jack, how about you write that idea down on the wiki page mentioned in the proposal, along with the use case? Following that, I'll see if I can do anything about it to make it a reality.