I wonder if Riv realizes how badly he fumbled the "If you could make one change" question. If he could make one change to EVE it would be the CSM chair? Really? Good to know the real reasons behind his campaign for the position.
Obviously it was intended as a joke, but it was a pretty massive blunder to make it all the same.
EDIT: So based on these debates I make the following assessments: As CSM chair, Riv would spend his time in CSM meetings on pointless platitudes and empty praises for everybody at the table, and give knee-jerk and often inappropriately humorous responses to prompts, as well as hold apparently contradictory viewpoints(which in reality are just poorly articulated, but nobody at the meetings would know the difference). Then he would retire to his hotel room andleak some NDA stuff to Darius instead of the other way round.
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The chairman position really should be eliminated. All it does is scream that there is one person on the CSM that is supposed to have more influence than others.
Contract stuff to Seraphina Amaranth.
"You give me the awful impression - I hate to have to say - of someone who hasn't read any of the arguments against your position. Ever."
As Mittens said in the debate, the position of chair really has no formalized or structured authority. It exists solely as a conciet to the fact that any panel organization like the CSM needs one person to, well, organize it internally and act as a spokesman externally. If there were no "official" chair position, then the CSM would either be anarchy, or one person would volunteer to act as moderator/spokesman and you're back where you started.
An elected panel like the CSM, on important issues, needs to speak with one voice. The existence of a chairperson merely makes that easier to manage. Beyond that, the position of CSM chair only has as much authority and influence as the community gives it.
Besides which, we all know that if Mittens were not the chair he'd still be a very high-profile CSM member. He'd just be stealing the thunder from the real chair and the community might get mixed messages. Thus I suspect your grievance is not with the office of the chairman, but with Mittens himself.
the CSM chairman is automatically the candidate who received the most votes?
Next time I'd suggest you wipe your ass before talking out of it.
I think this is a good example of how outside the box a mindset could be. While the way the Chairman was ousted was not the one I had envisioned nor I endorse it, I think if we are to take something positive out of it is how it proves the concept of nothing is ever written in stone within EVE.
A wise person once advice me the focus for this election -> to look for ways to isolate the Mittani by encouraging him to make a sure bet and thus see less DekCo members on the CSM7. when the mittani announced he was going for his >10k votes thing I breath with a bit of relief.
What happened afterwards was an uncalled scandal - a proof of it is how "business as usual" the comment was for us and as such it passed unnoticed below the radar - it was also a shame on how it tainted CCP's otherwise spotless fanfest and the whole CSM7 thing.
Even I couldn't help but to feel sympathy for the mittani given that I know first hand how mean the media can be when it focused on someones real life. Although unrelated, I have too received RL treats and 3 a.m. phonecalls with engrish voices saying how they are gonna kill my mother.
This also sets a pretty bad precedent for both Eve and the GSF - Just like we have learned last year how CCP Games only listen to the media; whenever someone is wishing to deal serious damage to GSF, that person would just need to pack a juicy story, slap a cyber-bullying buzz-sticker on it and send it to the mainstream media. The sad thing is, any attack of this sort will do several orders of magnitudes more damage to EVE Online as a game than to GSF as an intended target.
I will close my comment with a note on Karma. I do believe in Karma, bad things do return to those who procure them. Everything in life happens in "real life" - even EVE stuff. The Mittani is not a saint, and this might be Karma in the works. But the real enigma here is who ever this Kestrel guy actually is, If am right Karma might catch up with him, sooner or later and we'll get this enigma solved.
Last edited by riverini; April 1 2012 at 05:22:55 AM.