Tuesday, July 17, 2012
CSM7 - Report Card
Only a couple days after stating that intention, I was regretting it. CSM candidates were appearing everywhere. I didn't relish trying to figure out who was doing what, when and how. Thankfully, Seleene beat me to the punch. If he wanted to track it, let him do it. It was probably much easier for him to track anyhow, since he could just ask the members to throw him a note with every appearance, blog post, etc.
I'd like to start this report card by ripping on Ripard who recently ripped on the CSM for not living up to some impossibly and unrealistically high standard of his. This CSM has been making itself available in record quantities. In the first two weeks alone, there were more CSM podcasts and blog posts than there were during CSM6's entire year of service. That level of output continued on through to CSM7's first Summit in Iceland.
That the CSM is a tad quiet this last month, suddenly they get a failing grade, the big stamp of disapproval from Ripard Teg. First of all, it's summer, vacations and all that. Summer is simply a slow time of year for EVE Online, and the CSM is no exception to that rule. We didn't elect automatons, these people do have families and lives. Two, the CSM is in the process of finalizing a ~200 page document that goes into every detail of the last CSM Summit. Two hundred pages!?! Normal people don't whip that off in a week. Not too mention that it all has to pass through CCP eyes (many of the principals who do take holidays this time of year.)
So when I tell Ripard Teg that he'd bloody well be a CSM8 candidate next year, this is not a case of him criticising a movie and me telling him that if he thinks he can do better he should bloody well make his own movie. In the movie example, neither we nor Ripard believes that he is qualified to direct or produce a multi-million dollar film. With respect to the CSM, Ripard doesn't just think of himself as being qualified for the CSM, he thinks of himself as being exceptionally qualified. He keeps telling us he can do the job, then he should do it, show us all how fantastically spectacular the CSM could be with him in a seat.
So we now wait for the 200 page Summit Report. Two. Hundred. Pages. That's obscene. It's due soon too, a week or two more. You can't give any CSM a failing grade for giving us that much detail. Hell, even without the report, just look at the reviews Seleene gave us pre- and post-Summit. Those are giant walls of text that he produced for us, outside of the work he's doing on the Summit report. That's insane, yet Ripard gives them a failing grade on lack of communication. The mind boggles.
These people are actually working and producing for us. This has been the hardest working CSM, by far. This has been the most visible CSM, by far.
Final grade: A-.
(Down from an A+, due to Darius III being a useless tit. I feel much shame for having given D3 some support pre-CSM7. Down from an A grade, because I'd like to see one of Seleene's "The CSM on the Internet" posts again.)