The time has come to elect a new Council of Stellar Management in EVE Online. CCP even has a fresh new logo for ninth CSM.
Voting runs from now through April 22.
CCP has a nice page up describing the voting process and the changes from last year, along with a statement about how vitally important the CSM is to them. And maybe it is. But as The Mittani proved back during Incarna, and Jester demonstrated again with the whole Erotica 1 thing, the CSM and its members have real power, but only when they take things out of school and oppose CCP publicly. Otherwise the CSM comes off to me as more of a special insiders club. They have value I am sure, but do they represent us behind that NDA screen? And does CCP have to listen to them?
CCP Dierdra Vaal has the EVE Vote Match site up to help you sort through the candidates to find out which ones publicly claim to support things with which you might agree, or at least consider important, I always look at those results and wonder, “Will this person be ready to take it out of school when the time is right? And will they know when the time is right?” You don’t stand in opposition for trivia, you do so for things that really matter… in our pretend internet spaceships game… or something.
I do not have any endorsements. I am a line member in a null sec bloc and I haven’t read the post telling me who to vote for yet or picked up my talking points cheat sheet. Theoretically I could really get behind a “Send Xenuria to Iceland” campaign just based on the apoplexy it would cause. Those would be some CSM minutes I would enjoy reading. And I must declare that the best candidate name on the list has to be Awoxing Pizza-Spymaster McBlushooter from Brave Newbies. We shall see if that name can carry him through.
Anyway, voting is live. The CSM election dev blog has a link that will send you to the ballot to cast your votes.