There was a bit of internet space drama over the weekend.
My exposure to this was on The Meta Show where The Mittani, head of Goonswarm and a former CSM member, along with Laz and Thoric Frosthammer, head of LAWN and a current CSM member, spoke about the recent changes to the CSM whitepaper which ended up excluding anybody associated from The Mittani dot com from running for CSM, but not any other EVE related sites. The show isn’t up on YouTube yet, but should be in the Meta Show channel at some point this week, if that is your thing.
I mentioned this whitepaper change in my Friday post, so I won’t retrace my steps too much. The upshot was that The Mittani and Thoric had a good time spinning a conspiracy theory based on the fact that the rule changes excluded exactly one current CSM XI candidate from running, the restive Sion Kumitomo.
It is The Meta show after all, so a perfectly fine meta topic to run with. CCP Leeloo was already on record, long before the show even started, saying that the rules were not put in place for that purpose and that if CCP wanted to exclude somebody specifically they would just do that and not bother with this sort of rule lawyering.
CCP Falcon though couldn’t leave well enough alone and felt the need to return fire as noted on a number of sites. Here is the quote that is making the rounds:
To be fair to CCP Falcon, The Mittani had taken his conspiracy theory on the road and was trolling other venues with it, so he probably felt some retort was required.
You can spin that however you like. On Reddit there is a lot of cheering that Mittens got smacked down, though when Gevlon isn’t fully behind some striking out at The Mittani you have to start asking questions.
For me though, that drama isn’t really the interesting bit. Drama blows over and disappears. No, I like this line from CCP Falcon’s comment:
…there are areas of the whitepaper that CCP have no control over, such as the rights of a CSM delegate.
What complete nonsense. I do not believe that at all. There is no area of the whitepaper over which CCP does not exercise complete and absolute control. This is literally playing right into my initial analogy about the CSM from back in 2008, when I called it the Galactic Student Council.
You can tell the student council that they get to choose the theme for the homecoming dance, and that will stick right up until the moment they choose something controversial, at which point the school administration will override the decision.
Likewise, CCP can tell the CSM that they have control over some aspect of their existence, right up until the point that the CSM does something CCP doesn’t like, at which point CCP will demonstrate exactly how much control the CSM really has, which is none whatsoever.
Smacking The Mittani… whatever. Perpetuating this sort of nonsense about the CSM having some actual independent power… that is just too much to swallow.
Anyway, this drama has pretty much ensured that Xenuria will have a top spot on The Imperium’s CSM ballot. I think that Mittens would send them Gevlon as well if he could arrange it. I wonder who else will be on the ballot. There are still a few days left for candidates to register. Of course, then we will see if CCP decides to weed any of them out.