Thoughts on exceptions
You can rest assured that I'm not embarrassed by the draft proposals at all :-) That said, I wouldn't be true to my values if I didn't raise concerns about undue privilege afforded to historical contributors. I believe that our yardstick for judging inclusion in guidelines and policy documents should be justifiable reasoning --- not the number of edits or historical "status" in the community ;-).
Our collective interest is to develop the best policies and guidelines we can! I recognise that the first draft is essentially a copy of the WP policy. A great place to start and gives us something to think about and refine.
We're off to an excellent start. I'm going to attempt a straw dog proposal on the same page -- largely because I'd like to experiment with the structure of the document -- which is difficult to do in a normal edit mode.
Let's see how this approach works -- we may need to reject the straw dog in the end, but I think it will help us refine the proposals.