Grant, a while ago we came up with a really good list of these things that SH was planning to use but I don't know if you did.
Here's some of the things I want to know and really would like to see be mandatory for CH:
1. Location of CH and where they will do business - I feel this should be mandatory because of language/culture issues. I feel this is extremely important.
2. Languages they might consider or other language restriction related things like some have said: don't use Rs and Ls, etc.
3. How do we continue to get "at" the "do not use these specific words" issue? I understand they sometimes remember after submissions are made but sometimes it is also very obvious words they should have told us not to use from the beginning.
4. What "extension words" for your domain are you comfortable with us using? ie: Capital, RealEstate, Accounting, CPA, LLC, etc.
These are top of mind with me all the time but I'm sure I have others. I will wait for others to respond and if I think of more, I will send more.
I would still like to see more work done on 8 character and less domains to make sure the CH understands the limitations of these and expectations are that they will receive many made-up names. (Which is totally possible of course!). But not possible: pretty much any SINGLE real word.com domain in pretty much any language.
Contestants make a lot of comments on contests along some of these lines so it will be great if we don't have to keep repeating ourselves.