Source: enterprise s/w engineer/consultant
I agree that git mechanics are not particularly consumer-friendly, but nothing about a git repo precludes submission and approval. I also would never advocate a system that says git users are allowed, by merely dint of being git users, to directly apply changes upstream. Finally, in practice, even within GitHub, many (who knows?) changes are instigated by the issue threads.
GIt’s just a very transparent tool for organizing changes. As an example, instead of NISEI simply replacing their whole “MWL7.0” in one go, it could be staged (forked) and edited and merged (replaced). Joe Netrunner can certainly report errors to GitHub as issues, as well as Stimhack discussions, and Slack, and r/netrunner, etc. I think NIESEI could appoint a maintainer(s) responsible for QA edits and also someone versed in carrying out “official merges.” Sidenote, wiki exists as well and could be opened for more fluid, user-friendly, communication.
I mentioned calendars more in the sense of monumental community-wide things like NISEI WORLDS 2020. Routine organizational items like a store championship notice is probably not going into a git.
All of this said, the next best thing is wiki. I don’t know of a wiki-with-forks platform, but that would be cool.
Also, I agree all of this is premature BUT it’s exactly why it’s fun and useful to argue about now. The tool is a metaphor. Truth be told, I’m really excited by NISEI. It’s almost more exciting to me than FFG because the secrecy that had to surround FFG was kind of a painful conceit – I think for almost everyone involved. I would like to see a board of autocrats handing down decisions because I think the game needs rules and is hurt by ambiguity. But I’m thrilled by open discussions, podcasts, deliberations, crowd-sourcing, etc. all directly informing those decisions.
So where do we look for an analog? Software. It’s worked this way in many different configurations (Linus and his captains, or the Apache projects, or Guido and Python, etc) where the larger community generates a ton input, but the game, er repo, is generally in the hands of an expert body or bodies.