Some of you were present at PharoDays 2022 were we made a presentation explaining this new way of handling the evolution of Pharo.
In that talk we explained that this is an attempt of having the community involved in more deep way, with a clear (and visible) decision process, taking the model the Python community has been using with success (so why not us? :P).
In a nutshell, the idea is that everybody wanting to work on any kind of enhancement for Pharo can now send their proposal and start a discussion process (a discussion arbitrated by the Pharo Board), and if this discussion leads to an accepted enhancement, the work will be integrated as part of the Pharo Environment.
How it works?
You will have all the information you need there, but here is a summary of the process (you can also find it in the guidelines PhEP):
0. (Optional, but recommended) the proposer discusses the idea in pharo-dev list or discord, with members of the team, and gather ideas.
pharo-devmailing list, including the link and the abstract of the proposal.
phep-ID.mdand includes the ID in the phep file header (this step can be performed by the reviewer if he decides so).
In the next days I will be sending a couple fo PhEPs to add to those already there, to get the process started.
Do not hesitate to participate!
ps: Yes, I am aware "pheps" sounds fun on english :)