The idea of putting questions to a vote has not worked well in the past (see previous attempts on any of a dozen or so issues -- usually three or four respondents and no decisions). Perhaps reactivating jan sona in an open way would work better. Or just making the call for a vote more explicit, perhaps an immediate use for a list rather than a forum.
I'm trying to keep my experience with home owner's associations in mind. Really, really small democracies tend to be blighted democracies because there aren't enough people to vote and the voting and the issues put forward is put to vote are made up by those with the spare time and interest, rather than those who know. If I could draft jan Ote for writing and editing corpus text I would.
Maybe the internet standards comittees can provide some inspiration for the governance structure. I alway thought it was rather progressive of them that the only issue "Recommendations" - not a law, rule or other thing with the force of a government's law - after a "Request for Comments" is sent to the outside world. Maybe we can have like a petition section where people can sign onto ideas that they like (i.e. a thumbs up vote on rulings. That way, people could judge for themselves if a ruling has enough support for them to use it in their own writings and communications. I don't think I'd want a vote up and vote down system, for internet communication, I think we ought to error on the side of being overly considerate of how people might react if their idea got 27 thumbs down and 1 thumb up, vs geting only 1 thumb up.)
Another idea I have from the world of software standards is that a suggestion for a standard/rule/recommendation should have an implementation, i.e. if we clear up the issue of numbers, pu, two word prepositional phrases, the recommendation should have a lot of toki pona text illustrating example correct text.
re: issues that feel like they are already resolved
Good, if an issue feels like it is already resolved, then getting to a Recommendation should be a piece of pan suwi.