I've been a moderately active user for a bit over a year, and I just discovered that last week identify-this-game questions were removed.
I'm not complaining about the decision to change the policy, I can fully appreciate both sides of the story, however I felt left out of a discussion that affected me (I had asked an identify-this-game question that helped me find a game so that I could replay it).
As a member of 33 StackExchange sites, I can only keep myself up to date with some of them some of the time. I was completely taken by surprise by the fact that the changes happened in the course of a week (March 9, 2012 – March 16, 2012) and no attempt at notifying the individuals who had asked ITG questions had been made (all it would have taken was a comment on the questions involved).
The thing that bothered me the most was that the entire decision making process happened so quickly. I'm sure that all the meta.gaming.SE regulars had plenty of time to respond in 7 days...
But if the stats for Gaming.SE are anything like StackOverflow, the most active users account for less than 10% of the sites traffic, and any changes that happen are from the vocal minority. I had a busy week last week, I'm sure others were left out as well.
So, getting to the actual question:
What is the Gaming.SE policy on site-level changes?
The change mentioned was important enough to have a poll, but was it ever dropped on the notification region to alert non-meta users that the changes were being discussed?
I'd like to note that I'm not interested in reverting any of the existing changes. I'm just interested in coming up with a policy that gives people a chance to participate in the discussion for a better democracy. Something simple like a week of open discussion, followed by a poll that's open for a week or two paired with notification on the main site, or at least messaging the affected users, followed by a day or two to review the results.