The new JCP 2.6 is almost there. Do you have anything to say?
The Java Community Process (or JCP) is the main responsible for Java being open and "democratic". Everything that is incorporated to the Java platform - from specific APIs to full J2SE versions - is created through Java Specification Requests (or JSRs), and everyone can propose a new JSR or participate in existing ones.
The current version of JCP is 2.5, but a new version (2.6) is being forged by JSR 215. JCP 2.6 will make it easier for people - specially developers - to participate in the process, which in turn will facilitate the job of spec leaders and expert group members. There is a good article recently published at Sun's about how these changes will make things easier overall, so I won't repeat these details here.
So, if you are already familiar with the JCP/JSR processes, I suggest you take a look on JSR 215 and express your opinions (and you should hurry, as the Community Review finishes on September 8th). If you are not, I strongly urge you to do so. After all, being part of the community is like being a citizen in a democracy.
PS: usually, the Community Review is available only for JCP members. But as JSR 215 is a JSR that updates the process of the JCP, the expert group opened the review to the public, in order to encourage everyone to review it and send them comments.