The existing PyPA governance rules state that any change to a packaging spec (other than textual clarifications with no interoperability implications) must go through the PEP process, to agree the change that will be made to the spec.
Recently, there have been a number of relatively small changes, or proposals for changes, to the specs - this discussion and this one about the metadata format (also referenced here), one about compatibility tags, and a few others.
I’m ambivalent about whether changes like these should need the PEP process. On the one hand, they are typically relatively small and typically uncontroversial changes, but on the other hand, the PEP process is our only formal way of making sure there’s a public notification of a change.
I’m tending to stick to the letter of the law at the moment, and ask for a PEP when there’s any doubt, but I feel that if we do use the PEP process for smaller changes, we could become a nuisance, using more than our fair share of PEPs and making the process over-bureaucratic for people wanting to help out.
As per the PyPA governance rules PEP 609 I’d like to have a discussion on whether we’d be OK with smaller packaging spec changes not needing the PEP process, and what the process would be for deciding on exemptions (I’d be fine with “PEP delegate decides”, but I’d also be OK with another process if people prefer). We should also agree on how we ensure that interested parties get notified, if we move away from the PEP process.