Last night was one of our local meets for the VA/MD/DC area. I add them into these weekly updates because I normally have good conversations with people about CSM stuff. Text is a beautiful medium but face time can be very useful for these topics.
We're a month into CSMX and when I saw that the alliance logo submission went live on April 15th, 2015 as promised I was ecstatic. I was also at work. About two hours later the complaints had started to roll in. The submission rules had changed. There was a lot of language about quality, type, and artistic direction. There is a grandfather clause but it is not 100%.The feedback started, the alliance number was rolled back, and the rules lawyering started. The end answer is submit your logo. If it is rejected open up a discourse with CCP Falcon over why it was rejected. Those who visit reddit may have seen General Tso's thread for their rejected logo. I sat down with them over it and we've developed a game plan with their artist for some ideas for submission.
The end goal is to get alliance logos on ships. The submission guidelines are based around the technical needs of the image to put them onto the ship and make them look as if they belong. The artistic direction doesn't make me happy. I'm a creature of whimsy or fun. I think it can be done in a classy way. These rules are super vague and they are not going to be neatly defined. As said above, just submit your logo and if rejected take a deep breath and open up communications with CCP Falcon.
They are not opening logos to corporations.
CCP karkur dropped a hint of her latest project on twitter. It is one that I am quite pleased with and that in general I think people will find a bit of a life improvement. Coupled with the recent changes to skill queue's training plans will now be even easier.
Team Security also released a quick after Fanfest update. I'm pleased that they have been stepping forward a bit and stepping into community interaction more. There presentation is well worth the watch.
I've had some talks over my question from last week with the Market Structure and Faction Warfare's usage of it. I have gotten a lot of good opinions and will see where they lead. We were hoping to have the next soundboard with CCP Nullarbor by now but scheduling.
Steve has been all over the Fanfest shirt issue. Things are moving along. I have a reasonable task list and keeping up has become quite the challange some days. We've moved from Skype to Slack and gotten Confluence access together. CSM9 had only just started learning Confluence (minus Steve) so CSMX isn't far behind when it comes to figuring out its use.
We have started up meetings. There were two on Wednesday and I missed both because I was at work. CCP Leeloo collected all of our schedules and is trying to work in the meetings at the best time to cover as many of us as she can. I made the Friday meeting! The null guys have called for a sov meeting as well. It looks as if I will miss that one along with the Friday one next week because both are on work days. However, we have recordings and I get to come home and listen to them.
Later today, I have a pod cast that I have been invited to. I'm also going to do one of my CSM talks. I'm only holding one because I am still struggling with talking at long stretches and coughing. I looked like I had the plague at the meet last night because I have this dry, hacking cough. I sound incredible.