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Xander Phoena for CSM X

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Minmatar Republic
#1 - 2014-12-08 20:16:12 UTC
Capsuleers,

My name is Xander Phoena and I would like to confirm my candidacy for the 10th Council of Stellar Management.

Before we go any further, if you want to know a little more about me and my work on CSM9, you should begin by reading my candidacy announcement for CSM9. My main goal was to stand for two key things – work on 0.0 and ‘Communication’ in the broadest sense between CSM, CCP and the player base.

Let’s look at a report card for both of these goals:

Communication – My weekly reports have kept the player base informed of what CSM9 is up to on a regular basis with insight to what we are up to as a group, where we agreed with CCP, where we disagreed with one another and what particular issues I was personally focused on at any given time.

I’m very pleased that I have been able to keep these going every single week despite issues being offshore and such like. That said, more could be done both personally and as a collective. I said this last year:

‘The CSM as a body fails if it does not adequately communicate the wishes and thoughts of the player base to CCP, CCP's intentions and plans to the player base (within NDA obviously) and it's own work to both.’

We are closer to the above goal than we were a year ago but the work is not yet complete.

Nullsec – CCP is tackling 0.0 head on. We have had the jump nerf and some tweaks to structure HP but major changes to sovereignty are just around the corner. It is imperative that CSM does what it can to keep CCP on the righteous path they are currently on.

Over the past few months we have seen blocs at war in-game join hands to push CCP for change – 0.0 has never been so unified in ensuring sovereignty is improved for the overall health of the game. I have played some small part in that and wish to continue to do.

Much good work has been done by CCP and CSM9 over the past six or so months. CCP is taking bold and brave steps in breathing new life into New Eden and CSM9 has been a vital part of that. But based on the two goals I set myself for CSM9, the work has begun and is going well but I feel the need to see it through to the end and to do that, I believe I need another term as a Council Member.

I mentioned last year how I had worked very hard during CSM7 and CSM8 to bring the CSM closer to the player base and I can tell you that that doesn’t even begin to compare to the work involved in being a member of the CSM. It is also incredibly satisfying to feel you have made some small impact on the sandbox that is Eve.

Many of you talk about how the CSM does nothing or has no power. I highly recommend you read thisto see how some CSM members worked incredibly hard on feedback received from the community on input automation via third party software and enacted real change in the game. This is a tangible, specific proof that your votes matter.

Last year I was worried that my work offshore would make it difficult to be an effective member of CSM. I can confirm (as I hope can others on CSM9) that it hasn’t proved to be a hindrance. Indeed, it proved to be a huge help during the Summer Summit where I was able to attend every session bar one remotely from home.

I worked hard to bring CSM to the player base before I was elected and I have worked incredibly hard as a CSM member over the past six or seven months. Vote for me and I will continue to do so. Most importantly, even if you don’t vote for me, vote for someone!

Thank you for your time,
Xander

www.crossingzebras.com

Minmatar Republic
#2 - 2014-12-08 20:16:47 UTC  |  Edited by: Xander Phoena
I highly recommend people read CCP Leeloo's CSM9 dev blog from yesterday here:

http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/csm-9-review/

For those who are asking for concrete examples of some of the things I achieved this term, I'd like to draw your attention to this part I wrote:

'A couple of things that came slightly out of the blue which I wanted resolved have come to me from the player base since I was elected. The first was the issue of input automation which I very quickly engaged CCP on with initially, limited success. I requested a session to discuss this at length at the Summer Summit and you can read how that particular conversation went in the Summit Minutes. It was clear that this urgently needed addressing so it was fantastic to see CCP clarify what was a previously grey area and to feel I personally played a significant part in that.

I also wanted to address how CCP devs actively play the game in a very real way after the issue was brought up by a player. After all, how can a dev balance the demands of a large 0.0 bloc FC if they can’t experience said gameplay themselves? This is something I pointed at CCP Rise and Fozzie when they came on Crossing Zebras a few weeks back and I believe CCP will act on this in the not too distant future.'

I was the first person from CSM9 to address the input automation issue with CCP early on in our term. I pushed for the session to discuss it at the Summit and as you can see from the Summer Summit minutes, it was something I pushed on heavily during and after.

www.crossingzebras.com

Minmatar Republic
#3 - 2014-12-08 20:17:36 UTC
Reserved.

www.crossingzebras.com

#4 - 2014-12-08 20:28:58 UTC  |  Edited by: Hendrick Tallardar
I've known Xander pre-CSM 9 and have recently worked with him on CrossingZebras.com and the new EVE101.com websites.

While he can be a chore to communicate with at times (due to timezone differences) and depending on if he's on crappy Oil Rig internet, he has always seen something through he promised he would see through.

His podcast is quite good and he posts weekly about the role CSM have had in recent changes or announcements.
Villore Accords
#5 - 2014-12-08 21:05:10 UTC
At the time of the last election I did not know Xander personally but he had my vote.

In him I saw a candidate who was not a celebrity FC or held a high-level bloc leadership position, but a representative of the many nullsec line members. Not only that, I also saw someone who did his utmost best to deliver independent quality content for the community despite his demanding work schedule. Here's a candidate who kept his head level and his thoughts focused, never partisan, always passionate about the game and its players and with his moral compass pointing in the right direction.

Since I have become a member of Crossing Zebras staff I only found every single quality I had assumed about him to be true. If you vote - as you hopefully will - then Xander definitely deserves to be on your ballot. Not because some in-game group endorses him, but because the CSM needs people like him.

Also, if he gets elected, he promised he will wear one of those quaint checkered skirts the male natives of his country dress in on formal occasions.
Gallente Federation
#6 - 2014-12-08 22:25:10 UTC
I am glad Xander is running again. He has been and still is a strong proponent of the CSM process and an easy guy to work with.

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Mike Azariah  ┬──┬ ¯|(ツ)

Brothers of Tangra
#7 - 2014-12-08 22:29:17 UTC
Xander is a great CSM and ill be voting for him. He goes out of his way to communicate with people and try to keep people informed. All you have to do is look at some of his publications and videos to know this guy has passion for the game and community.

@EveManny

https://twitter.com/EveManny

#8 - 2014-12-09 00:03:36 UTC
Hi Xander!

Great to hear you're running again. +1

Can't shoot blues if you don't have any. Long Live NPSI.

Blades of Grass
#9 - 2014-12-09 03:16:23 UTC
Xander has already reached out to me in regards to an interview but for the sake of fairness. :D

Good to hear that you have decided to run again.

As you are aware we at the Cap Stable Podcast interviewed you during your run for CSM9 and we wish to do the same this year for CSM10.

Here is our announcement: http://capstable.net/2014/12/01/council-of-stellar-management-x-call-for-candidate-interviews/

As we stated in the announcement, you can contact us to schedule your one on one interview via any of the following methods:

Email: podcast@capstable.net
Twitter: @CapStable
Or via our contact form

We look forward to speaking to you about your particular skill set and expertise in EVE Online and we hope you success in your candidacy.

Sincerely,

Lanctharus Onzo
Co-host & Writer of the Cap Stable Podcast
Military Director, Alea Iacta Est Universal

Executive Editor, CSM Watch || Writer, Co-host of the Cap Stable Podcast || Twitter: @Lanctharus

Goonswarm Federation
#10 - 2014-12-09 12:19:36 UTC
do not elect this man he is a traitor to my heart
Minmatar Republic
#11 - 2014-12-09 13:11:24 UTC
HVAC Repairman wrote:
do not elect this man he is a traitor to my heart


Ignore HVAC: this post leaves him with egg on his face. Xander is a good man.
Caldari State
#12 - 2014-12-09 13:16:27 UTC
xander and endie are like the only good scots in the world

a pity they still lick the boot of the queen
#13 - 2014-12-09 14:30:34 UTC
Xander is ok but he still hasn't been able to explain what Irn Bru tastes like.

So take that as you will
Minmatar Republic
#14 - 2014-12-09 15:31:34 UTC
Xander is a rare thing in a CSM, he's proactive and communicative. I actually feel like the CSM does something other than get a trip to Iceland after interacting with him.
EvE-Scout Enclave
#15 - 2014-12-09 16:34:34 UTC
Hi Xander!

You and Crossing Zebras are the reason I actually know anything about the CSM. For me your communication and thought processes have been wonderful, so, you do indeed have my vote in YC117.

Having said that, I'd like to ask you some questions I'm asking the candidates I'm seriously considering, if I could.

Space has become littered with abandoned POS structures. What is your position on getting rid of them? I'd like to see, perhaps, a orbital degrading mechanic once the fuel is gone. This, then would open up the moons for pilots that will actually use them. The current mechanic, of course, involves Wardec-ing a possibly abandoned Corp and then sitting there for an extended period of time blapping the structures. I think something better is quite possible.

EVE seems to be popularly seen as more than a game, perhaps moving into the hobby realm. I'm aware that some discussions have been held with regard to finding a way to bring a more casual player or a more casual play-style option into EVE. Would you advocate this? If so, how might this be done without fundamentally changing the nature of the game? Would it?

It seems a given that CSM X and CCP will look at dealing with the SovNull question this term. Beyond that, from a gameplay perspective, what would you advocate as the next priority?

EVE players seem to be quite passionate about the game, yet it is said that the voting rate for CSM elections is lower than that of even the United States midterms. Does this diminish the validity of the CSM? What would you like to do to combat the voter apathy that we see and effectively educate the voters on the reality of what the CSM can effectively do?

Finally, and most importantly, do you like cats? :-)

Thanks so much!

-- Alan Mathison, Explorer & Industrialist, Star Tide Industries

Mercenary Coalition
#16 - 2014-12-09 17:45:01 UTC
Xander has been an excellent CSM throughout his whole tenure, and his crossing zebras blog has been great at communicating with the entire community.

+ 1

WTB : An image in my signature

#17 - 2014-12-09 18:25:09 UTC
I didn't vote for you last time because I was indifferent to yet another nullsec bloc candidate. But you've distinguished yourself, and you've provided lots of meaty updates and analysis at CZ, so I'm happy to eat crow about last year's judgment of you. You'll be on the ballots.

Proud founder and member of the Belligerent Desirables.

I voted in CSM X!

Pandemic Legion
#18 - 2014-12-09 20:18:24 UTC
Xander is awesome and in his time in PL has absolutely set the standard for a CSM to be communicative and approachable. He's just a great dude who has already proven he can do a great job at this and has the passion and energy to keep on succeeding. You've got my vote, boss.
Pandemic Legion
#19 - 2014-12-09 20:48:20 UTC  |  Edited by: Rockstara
Xander has demonstrated that he is a great communicator which is an ideal trait for a member of the CSM as they are charged with communicating between the devs and the players.

He is exactly the guy I want the devs to come to when they are trying to decipher the rationale behind our (the players) opinions of game design changes.

He has my vote.
Minmatar Republic
#20 - 2014-12-09 21:02:42 UTC
Alan Mathison wrote:
Space has become littered with abandoned POS structures. What is your position on getting rid of them? I'd like to see, perhaps, a orbital degrading mechanic once the fuel is gone. This, then would open up the moons for pilots that will actually use them. The current mechanic, of course, involves Wardec-ing a possibly abandoned Corp and then sitting there for an extended period of time blapping the structures. I think something better is quite possible.


I think some kind of degrade mechanic would be entirely reasonable. As you know, structures are going to be addressed soon - mainly in the case of sov but certainly not exclusively. I'll definitely make sure this question is asked at Winter Summit.

Alan Mathison wrote:
EVE seems to be popularly seen as more than a game, perhaps moving into the hobby realm. I'm aware that some discussions have been held with regard to finding a way to bring a more casual player or a more casual play-style option into EVE. Would you advocate this? If so, how might this be done without fundamentally changing the nature of the game? Would it?


Hm, this is a tough one. See on the one hand, I would like to see there be more ways to play Eve 'quickly'. I hate that in Eve you normally need to sit down and dedicate a good chunk of time to any given play session. FW is maybe one of the few exceptions to this. So I guess I am more an advocate of 'quicker' gameplay options as opposed to more 'casual' ones. Whether that is actually an achievable goal, I'm not so sure. I definitely like the fact that Eve isn't a simple game and it caters to a fairly specific audience. I'm not necessarily sure attempting to attract a more casual audience in an attempt to increase subs is the way to go forward.

Alan Mathison wrote:
It seems a given that CSM X and CCP will look at dealing with the SovNull question this term. Beyond that, from a gameplay perspective, what would you advocate as the next priority?


Another tricky one. I think lowsec as a whole, not just FW, could probably do with a good looking at. I think it's purpose and niche within the wider Eve universe has perhaps lost some focus of late and it could do with being worked on. Of course, those who fly in lowsec may avidly disagree with me there.

Alan Mathison wrote:
EVE players seem to be quite passionate about the game, yet it is said that the voting rate for CSM elections is lower than that of even the United States midterms. Does this diminish the validity of the CSM? What would you like to do to combat the voter apathy that we see and effectively educate the voters on the reality of what the CSM can effectively do?


I don't think it diminishes the validity of the CSM. I also don't think there is a direct correlation between what the CSM can achieve and voter turnout. That said, it's reasonable to assume that CCP would be more likely to trust a CSM advocating a particular position on behalf of the player base when 90% of that player base voted them in than if 10% voted them in. As such, we all need to work hard to increase voter turnout.

As to what can be done? CCP do seem to be doing more and I have very high hopes for that they have planned for the CSM X election. As CSM members, it is imperative that we each actively go out and engage with the player base. I myself have regularly blogged and taken part on #tweetfleet. I know some others have blogged, some have been incredibly active writing for news sites, some have been active on Eve-O or on their own alliance forums, etc. I will be watching the turnout figures for CSM X very closely indeed.

Alan Mathison wrote:
Finally, and most importantly, do you like cats? :-)


I love cats and own one but I hate to tell you, I prefer dogs! Myself and my wife have two labradors and they are way more fun that our cat who I feel barely tolerates our existence.

Thanks for the questions!

www.crossingzebras.com

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