How can you claim these people are lying when a CSM looks like this:
Objectively, that council doesn’t represent everyone who plays Eve, just like any council of 10 people isn’t going to represent the diversity of the player base. There are people who earnestly voted for their represented only to have their representative fail to make it and have zero representation on the council.
Yes, that is “democracy” but let’s drop the charade that the CSM is a “democracy”, or that pure democracy is actually a workable system. No functional government in the world functions on pure mob rule where he who get 50%+1 has all the power. There are complicated power sharing systems, checks and balances, and alternate representatives to protect minorities from the horrors of pure democracy.
And further, democracy is ‘one person, one vote’. In Eve, the CSM is elected by accounts, not players, and not even all accounts at that. There are a whole class of disenfranchised players (alpha clones) whose votes literally don’t count at all. And then, there are a whole class of invested veteran players who have parleyed their in-game success (or sometimes, their real-world wealth) into armies of alternate accounts which means their vote counts more. My opinion of who sits on the CSM is literally worth 10 times that of the newly subscribed player because I have multiple omega accounts. Is that fair?
Maybe, I don’t know. It’s clear why we vote per account and alphas have no say, but to say that is “democratic” is the falsehood. Maybe such rule-by-the-elite is better as the most invested have a greater say, but somehow, given the problems people say are the biggest ones facing Eve today, I kinda doubt it.
You want the answer to making the CSM more representative? The only one I can come up with is extending the size of the council back to 14, 16 or even more to provide more diversity. You know, like the size it was when a non-bloc candidate like you could actually get elected? But CCP doesn’t want that for logistical or cost reasons likely so we are stuck the relatively unrepresentative council dominated by the representatives of the largest in-game groups that we have got ever since they shrunk the council to 10.
That’s fine - the CSM is just a space council with no real power. But stop misrepresenting the legitimacy or reality of the CSM or how it is formed. People don’t have to buy into the CSM or the people who get elected just because you or CCP says so. There are players who legitimately aren’t represented by anyone they voted for, as there always will be. Perhaps your energy should be spent convincing them that the CSM works for all players, or you as a CSM member would represent them ably (see: Brisc, pre-burnout Jin’taan), rather than trying to convince them that the CSM has some divine-given legitimacy that flows directly from the will of the players - because democracy! - and they should just get on board.
EDIT: My apologies, I just challenged you on a statement and did not ask you a question about your campaign. Let’s go with: Like Mike Azariah, you too have served on the CSM in the past. From that experience, what changes do you think are feasible for CCP to make to the day-to-day running of the CSM to increase transparency? Without breaking your NDA, is there anything you can say about the restrictions CCP imposed on you that you felt was unnecessary or overly onerous and you would want changed?