For the 1st time, I've been in the shoes of someone willing to contribute a new project to Eclipse Foundation and who had to face the challenge of opening multiple CQs.
I'm sending this to AC because it's where we usually discuss how the process can be made simpler and more welcoming.
My feeling on this is that often, the process is simple enough, but the tools to process it require hard work from contributors. Basically, repetitive and error-prone tasks; or tasks that requires advanced knowledge about the EDP while tool fails at (re)explaining or linking to the right part of EDP at this point.
I think a UX audit of the PMI (mostly to be more be more "educative" about why and what is a release and what are the possible variations and how to profit from them) and IPZilla (to reduce the cost of contributing new projects relying on a lot of other libraries) would have a better ROI than trying to deeply renovate the EDP.