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CSM: Running for Office: CSM9 Election Results

We did it. I’ve been elected to CSM9.

I’m giddy and excited and it is overwhelming. I have today and tomorrow to recover from my shock and switch over to work mode. Wow, wow, wow, and wow. Thank you everyone. It's been two and a half months getting here.

Ender sent me a text message while I was running errands to congratulate me. I responded, “I bet this wasn’t the outcome you expected when you adopted that newbie two and a half years ago.” His response? “I’ll accept it as part of my master plan.”

Let’s get down to business.

I hope that in electing me you realize that I expect you to participate. I need to be talked to and communicated with. I may not be able to fix or change every single thing that we want but I won’t be able to fix anything anyone wants if they don’t tell me. I want all of that communication. Do you want me to come on coms and chat with you? I need the details and we’ll work it out. As Kaeda said, I am now public domain.

Sunday will be CSM day on the blog. I’m sure if not something comes up that needs to go faster I will write a post about it. However, I should do weekly updates on Sundays. I am sure there will be a lot of, “NDA and OMG NDA!” That’s fine. I’m going to bring what I can and I plan to tell you what I am doing as much as possible. I want to create the best report card for myself that I can so that when people go, “What did CSM9 do?” I can whip out a list and start ticking it off.

I want everyone to be proud of me in 12(? Fanfest is 2 months early next year) months so I’m going to work to make that happen. Transparency, communication, honesty, and all that good stuff. Pretty much a normal day in the life of Sugar.

I am looking forward to the dev blog about results. I wasn’t just voted in by low sec and please know that I know that. With Funky also elected the weight of low sec is on two sets of shoulders. With his FW background and my non-FW background I think we will be able to handle the influx of low sec needs as well as our non-low sec supporters. In this election low sec has proven to CCP that it is sick and tired of being ignored.

Well done. I said that if we did not win a seat it was no fault but our own. Obviously, we have no fault at all this year. I am gleeful at being able to say “Hullo, CCP. Lookie your low sec children’s voice.”

But, I’m not just a pirate! I’m still everywhere and everything I was before. People have been bringing things to me for weeks and let me tell you how I’ve been handling that. Markets, industry, war decs, rookies, PvE, etc. Keep it coming.

The entire transparency and report card thing has been very important to me. What I have done is set up an entire google drive section for the CSM. I load all of your mails and text convos in there and when on coms I make notes. I’ve been archiving all of my eve-mail from the last few months.

 From there I tag it with who gave me the idea so that I can keep track. My goal is to attend the summit (virtual or irl) with a list of all of that broken down by summit topics so that I can bring everything I get a chance to forward without worrying about remembering every detail. It is not a straight one on one. Expect me to ask question and sometimes not agree. Still, my goal is to be able to clearly share what I did.

I will be doing regular public low sec chats. Maybe on Eve-uni’s mumble? This is something from earlier conversations with Funky that I expect him to be onboard with.  He and I better enjoy each others company because we’re going to be a team. I’d like to do one a month. I plan to bother the people whose coms I have already. I expect to be poked. If you think I need to speak to someone directly tell me who it is. I don’t know everyone but we’ll see how well I do. I’m keeping my fingers in the Faction Warfare pie. I’ve found a corp but I’m going to have to change sides.

My corporation is also firing me as diplomat. Something about, “CSM9”.

I have a lot of fanfest to digest on top of everything else that will start happening. I’m going to archive my CSM9 campaign run and start next weekend with Week 1 of CSM9’s term.

Oh yeah, Eve Vegas 2014 is up and tickets are on sale. I’ve already got mine!

And to drive Wex crazy with music selection. Here is some Eminem.

I'm not afraid
To take a stand 
Come take my hand
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that you're not alone
Holler if you feel like you've been down the same road 

P.S. I didn't write this post until after the results. :P


  1. Great to see and congrats. You worked hard for it.

  2. Congrats!!!!!! I may be a dyes in the wool Anoikis Merc, but you had my vote because I truly believe you will be a voice for a better game for us all.

    Go give em some Sugar!

    1. And I appreciate it. Just cuz I'm not wormholes doesn't mean I can't listen and won't work with and support Corbexx.

  3. Congratulations, I hope it goes well an that you have fun.

  4. Well done you!

    Hope you have a fun year!

  5. That's awesome Sugar. It's certainly well deserved given such an extremely well run campaign.

    Go get 'em!


    1. Thank you. I'm going to have to seek feedback about my campaign because I went at it blindly and hopefully.

  6. Congrats! Very glad to see you in the CSM. I hope you have a lot of fun with it in between all the work - it sounds like it should be quite a ride.

    1. I hope so as well and it better be interesting and fun.

  7. Felicitations. I think you and I are going to be Eve BFFs this year. It's awesome to see so much support for lowsec that we managed 2 seats, but you are right in that we owe our seats to more than just the lowsec crowd, and there are other areas of Eve that will need our support in the coming months as well.

  8. Congrats Sugar. I sent 5 votes yours and Funky's way and I'm glad to see they weren't wasted. I hope your CSM experience turns out just the way you hope. Now the serious work/fun begins. o7

  9. Congratulations, Sugar! Well deserved! And I'm thrilled that you're going to continue the tradition of weekly updates. If I can help or give you tips at all on that front, please let me know and I'll be happy to do so.

    1. I'm going to do the easy thing and skim through your early ones! :P

      I'm happy for any tips or ideas.

  10. Oh one more thing. I just changed my home page from Jester's to yours:-)

    1. Well, I'll be doing my normal daily thing but for Sundays and that is all available in the new CSM9 link at the top of the page. So, you can keep consuming Jester and not miss my version (which will bit a bit different I suspect) of weekly updates. :)

  11. Very cool. Remember me when the CCP loot starts falling from the Heavens... I like Etanas and Guardian-Vexors; I suppose I could schleep around space in a freebie hand-me-down Nestor.

    1. Oh, CW you know me better than that :D

      At the most you will get a free Jaguar to roam in for the next Rawrcat fleet

  12. We'd be happy to let you do regular talks on our mumble. Contact me in-game if you want to set something up.

    1. Good! I promise I'm good at actually asking permission and not just trying to usurp :P

  13. Congrats on CMS9! Looks like you have a good team to work with and the players have some good reps. Everybody wins!!!

    Good luck,
    Cath Hita

  14. Sugar, I'm adding my voice to the chorus of congratulations. For you I predict fun and hard work bettering Eve. I'll be watching with my grammar stick at the ready. :)

    Eminem indeed!

    1. Maybe, if you have a moment, you can hit Eminem with that grammar stick :P

  15. Congratulations. Don't fix lowsec too much though. There is a lot of it that I like just the way it is! (empty of players and full of loot)

  16. Much awesome that you and Funky are both on CSM9! I am going to watch your term with great interest...and low sec pride!

  17. I voted you #1 on an embarrassingly large number of accounts, and I *mostly* don't live in lowsec. (I'm more a wh resident than anything else). I was going to make yet another post saying that you're not just a lowsec representative, but have the support of so many other blocs; but I don't think that's really what matters. The fundamental paradox at work is that (I think) people voted for you because they liked your vision for EVE and not based on bloc politics; and the only way to truly represent those people is to not unduly focus on representing them all based on demographics, but to focus on communicating and representing that personal vision. This isn't to say that you shouldn't continue with your plan to replace jester as the most prolific blogger writing from the CSM perspective; I'm just putting it out there that sometimes effective representation is fighting for your chosen cause like a fierce lawyer or agent, not merely transmitting information from one person to another--that's being a messenger, not a representative. So, consider emulating Jester in that as well--just don't emulate him in making your chosen cause the specific banning of individual players too often, that's *so* last year.

  18. I'm going to mix today's and yesterday's posts.

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is:

    Walking in stations? Meh!
    Riding in stations? Oh yes! :)

  19. Congratulations!

    As always, thank you for your fresh perspective for the CSM, LS, and jaguars

  20. Congrats! And you have a new bike to celebrate with. ;-)

    When I read your plan for archiving and sorting all the input you get so that you can bring it to a summit and be completely prepared, I grinned. That's the Sugar that I nudged to run, and that's the Sugar I voted for. Low sec needs voices, and you will be a powerful voice for low sec. But critically, you can also be a powerful voice for EVE itself.

  21. Congrats Sugar Kyle! I'm a null sec resident but voted for you on all 6 accounts and got most of my corp to vote for you since we're pvpers that would frankly rather live in low sec except we hated having to grind out the income for our ships there. Do some good so we can kiss 0.0 goodbye. :)


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