I just would have appreciated the opportunity to participate in the discussion before the betas were out and the featureset frozen.
I think something that has happened to some extent with this release is that there was a long-ish period where stuff got discussed and implemented (PEPs 343 and 344, new-style exceptions, the new compiler, the ssize_t branch) and then suddenly we went "crap! we have to release this!" and then the whole alpha/beta/release part has happened much more quickly. Maybe we should have had a more explicit discussion on what was going to be in 2.5 before beta1, but that kind of thing is difficult to make happen (it's entirely possible that it did happen and I just missed it by being snowed under, but I don't think so).