Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CSM7 - What The Mittani Should Do
The Mittani has posted his apology. Which I accept as a member of the community.
That said, I still have a couple of problems with his presentation. His drunkenness during the panel is no excuse, certainly. It obviously pushed him over that line, the spotlight of the moment, the recognition, the encouragement, wanting to please the crowd that wee bit more. What I find a tad disingenuous, though, is that he was very likely sober when he was at home, powerpointing his presentation. So whereas he went over the line by naming the person in question at Fanfest, he did in fact, while sober, feel that mocking the Mackinaw miner (albeit with every intention to do it anonymously) was still a mighty fine and hilarious idea. If I'd been there laughing at his presentation, I'd have stopped the moment he opened up the poor gentleman's private life to ridicule and scorn. That shit ain't funny.
Unfortunately the damage has been done. People may forget about this dude. They probably won't. In essence, he's adopted a very public reputation he'd probably like to shed. Except that he cannot. Thanks to The Mittani.
What should The Mittani do to solve this problem? Offer a trade. Our CSM chairman, no doubt, has a number of alt accounts, accounts only known to himself. (He is the spymaster, after all.) He should offer to give one of those accounts to the poor, outed guy in exchange for the poor, outed guy's account. The Mittani gets the damaged account, the reputation given to it now null and void. The poor fellow can now have a new start in game, with anonymity. He no longer has to drag around with him the mistake of The Mittani.
The King of Space can throw in a couple billion ISK as well.
I do not think The Mittani needs to resign from the CSM. I quite like what he does for the community, for the game, and I think he does a good job as chairman. I would hope at future events he'll tend towards more soberness, and show more social awareness in-character and out-of-character while representing EVE Online.
I'll have more to say on the Alliance Panel itself, which I think has become an embarrassment to Fanfest. It's become nothing more than one-upmanship, each panelist trying be the bigger badder meaner asshat. (Michael BoltonIII wins this every year.) Going forward, breathalyzers should be given to all panelists before stepping on stage. The last useful alliance panel was 2010, I believe, EVE Vegas, with DNS Black. (The wormhole presentation at Fanfest 2012 was pretty good, but that's because those guys were nearly, if not completely, sober.)