Just for the record, I am pro CSM. I don't believe (the statistics would also suggest) that the large voting blocks, despite the democratic ugliness of their attempted manipulations, has anything other than a minor effect on the overall votes, and a lot less influence than we may fear over CCP's plans.
From what I understand, a lot of the power is in high sec, they just don't utilize it.
While I do understand and largely agree this relates mainly to development, I merely suggest it as it would be hugely advantages to CCP, the CSM and the voters.
I propose that a more relevant tailored CSM campaign would dynamically improve not only the relationship with the CSM and CCP, but also the voters and the CSM.
CCP need not release the entirety of any plans, an air of mystery is always required. Simply a rough area. Candidates with interests in these areas would be more forthcoming. Candidates with no interest in these areas would know in advance that their particular area of expertise while not irrelevant in the grand scheme, would perhaps be more suited to a different year. Areas of high contention would get more candidates applying leading to greater electoral choice and stronger campaigns.
From the CCP live Q&A last night, we know that high sec is getting looked at, plans for PVE and refineries etc.. we will find out more in a few weeks. Is this because CSM members like yourself Steve, and Mike before you, have had through subtle or unsubtle means some influence in these areas?
Could that influence not be better directed if there was a common theme?
Or am I to understand that through our current system it's essentially just a coincidence or luck that you ended up a in the CSM at a time High sec was under discussion?
...I do worry when I hear that CCP don't have a rough sketch for years down the line, would it not be prudent at some point to get one?
I have at least 20 years left in me. Maybe 30 if I start behaving. I would hope for some fruition from the interwoven stories and concepts scattered throughout New Eden within this time.