My attempts to make a 'Vote for Sugar' button are not going very prettily.
Now for the more serious part for those interested in more.
Voting opens tomorrow. If you want me on the CSM please pick me as your #1 pick. If you cannot bring yourself to do that please place me as high on your ballot as you can. To be elected I have to make it through elimination rounds and the only way that is going to happen is by having #1 votes. This is something you will hear me repeat over the next two weeks. I am very flattered by the belief that I will make it onto CSMX. I still need votes to get there. There is the very real worry that everyone will assume that everyone else votes for me and I will not make it. It is not something that I can achieve without you, so in this I am asking for your help.
I wrote a chunk of words about how and why I pick people for the CSM. I don't vote trade. I don't do recommended ballots. I don't try to do cute tricks with the STV voting system. I don't even pick everyone that I may like because when I put their name down and sign my name to them, I've made a very serious commitment. I am not only asking them to serve on the CSM I am asking them be a person that I can engage with as a player. The CSM is full of strong personalities and many will take their position and run with it. Its important to me to be able to reach out to them and hear back. Its the same reason I try to answer every mail I get. Its something very important to me and very personal for me.
It is not to be confused with some weird expectation for people to be me. I'm a heart on the shirt sleeve type of girl. I ignored the politics, the alignments, the orders, the worries about 'wasting' votes on people, and sat down to think and I tried to share my thoughts and reasons why. I've never voted a full slate before. I understand STV reasonably well. I'm not an expert like Foo but I do not want to toss votes out just because I can and have a space.
- CCP Leeloo's Spreadsheet
- Cap Stable Interviews
- Nosy Gamer's CSM Wire
- Just for Crits Low Sec Interviews
- Foo's TL;DR
Let me start with my top three picks. They were not hard to make at all.
- #1 - Sugar Kyle
- #2 - Corbexx - Corbexx has become my other half this CSM term. We complement each other in style, personality, and work ethic. Corbexx is the wormhole representative. He is a hard worker, he communicates well, and he doesn’t look down on people for playing differently. Over this last year I’ve brought him into many wormhole, POS, and PvP discussions using his knowledge of wormholes and wormhole combat to supplement my own. There has been some worry that he only cares for high class wormhole lifestyles. His campaign to improve income in lower class wormholes and bring more accessible content to them has, I hoped, corrected that impression. We mirror each other in many ways in these regards. His main flaw is that he does not care for chocolate all that much. Understand that I have forgiven him for this and moved past it.
- #3 - Steve Ronuken aka Fuzzy Steve - I was excited about working with Steve last year and he has not let me down. Steve is quiet and some people mistake that with a lack of passion or assertiveness. Over this last year Steve has amazed me. From creating vast industrial spreadsheets from thin air to his quiet determination to improve life for players of all areas of the game, I’ve enjoyed Steve. His flaw is that he does not sell himself well enough. He is more than third party tools expert with a vast website of resources open to everyone in the game. He is an industrialist, a miner, a missioner, and he even dabbles in public fleets for PvP. No one walks over him in the CSM. he is always there, active, participating, engaged, and he is willing to bring unpopular topics to the table. My time in Eve is better for knowing him.
After my top three my list becomes murky and I stop putting numbers to people. I will probably move people around. You will notice a pattern with the people that I pick. These are people that I want to work with or who I feel would listen to me as a player and be passionately committed CSM members.
- Psianh Auvyander - I met Psianh last year during the elections and over the course of the year we’ve come to know each other well. This is important not because I consider him a friend (I do) but because I’ve been able to gauge his temperament, habits, and reactions to both the game and things in life. The CSM is not just about the members as players it is about the members as people. Psianh is engaged, involved, and good natured. He is so gregarious that he makes my introverted soul distressed at times. He did not make it onto CSM9 and that did not make him bitter. He has remained a positive and engaged person through in game ups and downs and real life ones as well. I believe that he’d bring that to the table as a member of the CSM along with his game knowledge as a Mercenary. Add in the time he spent running Noir. Academy and he brings valuable insight to the table. My only worry is that he has a new job. Yet his honesty about that helps sooth my worries. He could have hidden that information and he did not. I like that.
- Bam Stroker - I knew of Bam through the broader Eve Community. He puts together Eve Downunder which is a large player gathering in Australia. That impressed me and I was excited to meet him at Eve Vegas. There I met an articulate, passionate, dedicated individual. He sat down and discussed the CSM with me and what he could bring to the table. Bam’s community involvement gives him a very interesting perspective into things like retention and what keeps people coming back to the game. He runs local meets and it is amazing what you can discover about people observing them. He also has a long history in null sec with a recent move to Pandemic Legion. I don’t think the pressure of the CSM would knock him over. He is professional, he listens to others, and he is willing to work with anyone.
Then there are people who have pulled on my interest. I only know one of them reasonably well. I don’t really care what part of space they come from. It's easy to just curl up with the candidates I am most familiar with. I don't agree with them fully but there is a lot that I like here.
- Ashterothi - He is new to my list. His history with Aideron Robotics caught my interest. He has knowledge of low sec and faction warfare although that is not his current focus. He is big into lore and the game part of Eve. In general, he's knowledgeable, engaged in third party tools, runs a podcast, and has a broad knowledge of Eve emphasized by the tangible output he has created. I’m not sure that he and I will be best friends but that doesn’t matter. He does have a life and a podcast and the CSM can be very draining.
- Khador Vess - I don’t know him well. I do have a strange voyeuristic love for RvB and what they have done and created. What’s struck me about him has been watching him in conversations with people and how he handles himself. I like what I see and I like what he brings to the table.
- Cagali Cagali - I’ve built up my knowledge of him through twitter and second hand knowledge. He runs Education and Recruitment with Brave and that is what caught my attention. He is knee deep in obtaining new players, getting them into the game, and getting them educated and engaged. He is willing to get teachers from all parts of the game for all subjects. The reports back are all good. If I have any worry it is that one thing or another will suffer. Be that the CSM or his leadership in Brave’s newbie program.
- Alyxportur - Alyxportur ran last year. He did not make it onto CSM9 but that did not stop him from remaining engaged and being graceful and classy. I’ve sat down with him through many a conversation and got to meet him at Eve Vegas. I think the CSM might frustrate him when it comes to his platform but that does not negate his knowledge of null sec as someone who lives it as their playstyle. This is a bit different from running a group and I think it is a good view to hear from. I don’t agree with many of his wants and I’ve actively disagreed with him over this past year. I’ve also agreed on other things and it’s always been a pleasant discussion.
In a league of their own:
- Gorski Car - It may surprise people that Gorski is on my list. I was worried when he was promoted to his seat. Gorski is often a troll and rarely offers a serious side of anything in game or on forums. However he has blossomed into his position. Getting to watch him on the inside he has improved and offers in-depth, polite, non-trolling, non-ranting insights into his areas of the game. He is tenacious and doesn’t run off crying when he is disagreed with. He is unashamedly what he is as a player and I’m okay with that. There are fourteen members not everyone has to be a generalist and Gorski is very much a specialist.
Mike Azariah - I don’t know what to do with Mike. I wish I knew Mike’s opinions more. He is willing to listen. He is willing to debate. He is willing to bring some people’s ideas and concerns to the table. He loves being the devils advocate or turning a question upside down. He isn’t afraid to challenge a topic. I just wish that I knew what and where he stood and what he thought as an individual.Someone that I have been watching.
- Radu Lupescu - I’ve been watching Radu’s campaign from the start. He has handled himself well in arguments on his thread. Sadly it has been very quiet since November and he did not do a cap stable interview. I like his quiet, calm personality and dedication to his goals.
I do think there are other people on this list that will make excellent members of the CSM. I wish them well in their campaigns. There is a line between someone being a good member and someone being someone that I would vote for with my wants. Take your time to make your decisions. Try to pick what you want from a person. Or use my list or someone else that you trust's recommendations. We all have different reasons for why we're selecting who we are. I believe that voting is a very personal, very individual thing.