While topic is bit personal, addressed to specific person I would like to talk about CSM as whole and how normal players outside main game politics and big blocks looks on things related to CSM. I mention @Jin_taan because he raised few interesting topics in yesterday TiS broadcast. Anyway, enjoy wall of text.
Everyone know that generally people don’t have good opinion about CSM. Mainly claiming that they do nothing, do things to help them, their friends or being just a puppet of big blocks in game.
For people like me, casual players who don’t take part in politics inside game, don’t track what happens there this how it looks from outside. In my opinion main reason is that everything that CSM do is done behind closed doors. We vote for some people, CSM is made that supposedly should be face of community in front of CCP. But if not dig half of internet to get some information, we get only “Summit Minutes” two times in year and some forum topics. This is what see casual player. I know this is not caused by CSM members because there is NDA and other stuff to make them unable talk much but CCP. CCP needs to advertise CSM more, bring them more to players. Let the people feel that they can come to CSM and be heard abut their ideas and thoughts. Live streams with community questions, AMA events, more discussions on forum, you name it.
And this brings to some of my personal experience with CSM. Over that 4 years that I play EVE I created few, only few topics here in CSM section of forum. But didn’t get even single reply, word, reaction. No one even said “this is dumb, go away”. I don’t even know if any member of CSM has ever read what I wanted to say. Funniest thing is that I get more help from GM than CSM. Once when I was having some problems that GM helped to solve and this results in some ideas. I gave them to GM. He said that he understand my concerns and advice how to change things to avoid such problems in future. He will pass that to people that deal with such ideas but he said also that good idea is to bring this issue to CSM attention. And guess what? I wrote topic here but CSM don’t care about it. Probable never read it.
I think I should get more help or at least attention from CSM as they supposed to be first place where community will go about such things since they represents community, not GM.
Lets go back to voting for a moment. I and many peoples that I talk about it feels like there is no point in voting. You get feeling that your vote/opinion does not matter at all since big blocks will pick their people and you can’t do anything about it. So what is the point?
I think last thing I want to mention are members itself and what they do in game, what type of gameplay their represents. This part of broadcast https://youtu.be/amTBKEtDXqg?t=2615
Yes, nullsec people started in hisec, ben in low and maybe do some stuff in wh. But this people can’t represent actual gameplay in that parts of game. Null people who do trading, industry etc. cant represents whole experience of hisec, lowsec, wh etc. How many of this guys did hisec only things like farming DED sites for isk, doing missions, even mining or other activities that most of people do there? I bet they don’t have idea about what is going there. Jin’taan, you said you using wh space to travel around new eden and you think this makes you good person to represents wh people? What experience you have in making isk in wh as daytriping solo player, small corp, big corps? What experience you have in maintaining corporation inside wh, logistics etc?
That’s why I think that even if CSM have big number of null people with huge experience and great understand of mechanics in game they can’t represent’s activities they simply don’t do since they don’t know much about it.
This seams to be all I wanted to release from my head. It’s huge wall of text but as I mentioned before if managed to read all or part of it, hit that like button or react just to show that this is not wasted 3 hours of writing that no one will care about. This is more important to me than you may think.
Also sorry for terrible english “skill”. Tried as much as I can to make this readable and possible to understand.