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My position on how the CSM should work

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Inanna Zuni

My position on how the CSM should work

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Inanna Zuni
Thank you everyone who has contacted me over the last few days - I am gratified to see so many posts appearing in the forum Assembly Hall and that so many EVE pilots are taking the time and energy to be constructive about their thoughts and ideas. I do however want to make a few points to clarify my own position on some subjects.

1. Who got elected
Nine Council members and five alternate members were elected, from various corps and alliances. NONE of them are "delegates" from those corps or alliances - though clearly they bring that knowledge and experience with them - but each represent *all* podpilots throughout EVE.

That this time around two were from Goons is, for me, something to be *welcomed*. While (in ingame terms) you might dislike (or like) how they play, the bottom line is that they are paying members of the community, like it or not, and have the same rights for their members to stand in the recent election as does every other pilot.

To reject the right of any elected member to sit on the CSM therefore is something I will *never* support. CCP / Devs have the power to remove someone but outside that I will believe the best of anyone who has put their 'real name' and identity out there to stand and will respect their decision to do so.

2. Confidence in those elected
This incarnation of the CSM will sit for six months. In five months or so there will be a new list of candidates appearing for you to select from. As such asking for recalls or removals of *any* member of the CSM is pointless as the next election will arrive before that could happen. You don't like what someone does *IN THE CSM* then vote for someone else. What they get up to ingame should not, indeed must not, affect how you see their CSM capabilities.

The 11% turnout was, clearly, not great and I want to bring forward some ideas to improve that next time around, including taking note that not all players speak english and we need to make materials available in other languages. Similarly one vote each when selecting nine people is wrong too.

3. Proposals to the CSM
In general terms, I am unlikely to support changes to specific ships or racial ship classes. All pilots will naturally want their favourite ship buffed and their usual targets nerfed; it is to be expected. Outside that though there are certainly some ship classes which need to come into existence and I will not ignore any proposal entirely.

What I personally would like to see is *discussion* - including both pros and cons - about topics which affect large numbers of pilots all over EVE, not just lines of 'me too' posts. The CSM is an *alternative* to the other methods of drawing attention to issues and, for us to be effective, we need to have good ammo which includes why, how, what alongside the 'please'.

4. Time
Since the afternoon before the results of the ballot were announced I've had little time to actually get 'in pod' and do 'game' things! Yes, I and my colleagues on the Council asked for this - and we intend to serve you all well - but we can't read and reply to these and other forums 24/7 no matter how much we or you would like us to! Be clear how your write and about what you think and we can do our best, but sometimes we might miss something when speed-reading hundreds of posts and comments if you troll or don't get to the point.

5. Costs
You, as individual pilots, pay to play this game, as do the members of the CSM, and that doesn't change with the creation of the CSM. CCP are funding the overheads of their experiment of getting this closer involvement, not you. The members of the CSM are giving up their time, their loss of income too, and a hell of a lot of privacy in doing this.

6. The 5% 'rule'
See this comment on the EVE forums: http://myeve.eve-online.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=777807&page=1#24

If we don't make this work it will be for the worse for all players, so give us your support so that we can make things better, for *all* of us.

Thank you.

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