CSM9 Report: Week Zero

After a tense, exciting, enthralling and, in one particular, specific instance, fairly disastrous Fanfest 2014, it all boiled down to the final keynote – CCP Presents! Traditionally, this is where CCP thank the previous CSM for their efforts and wave them goodbye before announcing the new class. This year was no different so without further ado… kBOJ0L9 Wow. First thing to say is that I am incredibly thankful and humbled by all of those who voted for me. I was not confident about making it in so to see my name come up was a genuine delight. I hope that in 10 or 11 months time, you will all be satisfied with how I have represented you during CSM9’s tenure. Sion and Ali got the two permanent seats with the CFC #1 more or less a lock (still unsure why GSF put Sion over Mynnna – Sion is less well known so needed a push perhaps?) and Ali replacing Ripard in the second. Ali richly deserved this accolade after her efforts over the past 12 months so I am delighted she finished in the top two. It looks a strong CSM to me. There’s only one or two people on there I have had zero to minimal contact with. After a year with no representation, lowsec stepped up to the plate and put not one but two people onto the Council and fantastic candidates at that. Wormholes will be a little disappointed at only having one person on CSM9 after being very close to having three on 8. James Arget was the only incumbent not to be reelected. Fellow Scotsman Steve Ronuken is going to provide a much needed voice on the Council when it comes to industry and 3rd party development issues, vital when CREST comes up for discussion. I am especially pleased Mike made it back on because he worked so hard for election at the fifth(!) attempt last year then fulfilled his promise by working like a dog. I was worried he may miss the cut and nothing makes me happier than to be proven wrong. So yes, those of you who voted should clap yourselves on the back – you did a great job! I will say that this Council screams ‘low turnout’ to me. I have heard nothing officially yet and I am very excited to see the final STV results and numbers but anything less than the turnout from last year (~12%) would be a ‘bad thing’. It’s something that has already been discussed in the first 24 hours of CSM9 so expect more on that in the coming weeks and months should our predictions come true in the figures CCP release. As soon as Sunday morning, CSM9 stuff was starting to happen. A Skype channel was set up exclusively for CSM9 and all 14 members are now in there and another with everyone from CSM8 and CSM9 is also in place to facilitate the handover. We’ve not had any official contact from CCP as of yet which isn’t to be unexpected seeing as it was the weekend and most people were still participating and recovering from Fanfest. I did have a quick word with CCP Fozzie – I get the impression Fanfest has taken its toll on him πŸ˜‰ Mynnna informs me that if this year is anything like last, NDA documentation and all that good stuff will likely be in place and signed before the end of this week. What with the new development expansion cycle, we need to hit the ground running sooner rather than later. That’s it for now. We already have a number of initial thoughts and ideas that are going to be fleshed out in the coming week or two. As can be seen from this post, I will be carrying on Ripard’s legacy of weekly CSM posts, most likely on a Saturday. I think that’s it for now – back to work!
Tags: csm, csm9, election, update

About the author

Xander Phoena

The good looking, funny, intelligent member of the team, Xander set up Crossing Zebras with Jeg in April 2012 mainly because he was talking too much about Eve on his other podcast. Playing the game for almost five years, Xander still has absolutely zero clue about how to actually play Eve but somehow still manages to talk a good game.

  • Fuzzysteve


    (my main activities so far have been: drinking. talking. floating. getting sunburnt. sleeping.)

    • Saint

      Well done Steve, you deserve it!

  • Trebor Daehdoow

    Why hasn’t lag and sov been fixed yet? CSM is a joke!

    • FunkyBacon

      You’re not even harping on the right issue. where are the fking minutes?!

      • Trebor Daehdoow

        I ask for the improbable, not the impossible

        • xanderphoena


  • Psianh Auvyander

    I’ve definitely been hearing from those up here in Iceland that voting was very, very low this year. Personally, I think it was in part due to this year being relatively calm (although Twostep didn’t necessarily agree with that idea). Hopefully you guys can work with CCP to implement new ways to get people involved as well.

    • xanderphoena

      I have heard the same murmurings re: turnout. It’ll be high on my personal agenda and has already been discussed briefly as a body.

  • Foobles

    Congratulations. Now go forth and multiply eve.

  • Paul

    Congrats! It does seem a pretty solid CSM this year….though I’m a little disappointed that Psychotic Monk missed out again, but it’s not that surprising given how his platform is probably misunderstood (feared?) by many in EvE. As for the turnout rumors, my two cents on the matter this year is this; I literally only heard about CSM election stuff via podcasts (and to a lesser extent news sites like TMdC) that I’m already listening too. If I didn’t tune into you guys, I don’t think I would have heard anything about it.

    • Fuzzysteve

      Didn’t you see it on the character selection screen? Showed up on mine for a fair chunk of time. (as well as the launcher, but that’s a lot more hit or miss)

      • Paul

        Honestly, I just blow by those pages so quickly I barely notice anything there. Not saying I shouldn’t pay more attention there but thats what I end up doing and I wouldn’t be surprised if most do the same.

        • Fuzzysteve

          Thanks for the response πŸ™‚ Any suggestion on how it could have been more obvious to you?

          • Paul

            I’m not sure I’m a great person to ask as I tend to go out and find the info I need. Maybe a full on splash screen as the game is actually loading? I know Dolan said that EvE mailing all the players was more difficult than it should be but what about putting up a small “go vote for CSM9” in the MotD of local chat?

          • Fuzzysteve

            You’re a great person to ask πŸ™‚ Because you didn’t see it from the game.

    • Messiah Complex

      Re: Psychotic Monk

      High sec griefers tend not to be very popular in high sec. And quite frankly, “high sec content creator” is about as transparent a euphemism as I can imagine. I’m betting a lot of voters felt he was insulting their intelligence.

      It’s a shame. Monk’s a smart guy, and fun to talk to. The fact remains, though, that his platform didn’t appeal to a broad audience.

  • Kyle Yanowski

    Awesome, Do good things Xander, I might even forgive you for you mediocre podcast. =) muahaha.

  • Dust Merc

    Congrats Xander hater of Dust you won

    • xanderphoena

      Not really sure how I ‘won’. I had no say in what happened with Dust. But it was clear the game was unsustainable. You’d have to have been blind not to predict what was coming.

      Legion is a good thing for New Eden in the long term so I guess in that respect I ‘won’.

  • Hark

    I find it a slight pity that the CSM weekly reports are moving to a site where the RSS only shows a Summary, requiring you to visit a revenue generating site.

    I understand that running CZ costs money, and thus the revenue acquired through affiliation and advertisement is needed to help you continue you work. And for your normal content that is more than fair.

    However I feel that perhaps using the CSM9 reports to further your own money generating site, might be pushing things a little bit. Would you consider enabling full text syndication on CSM 9 posts as a gesture towards free communication? Perhaps even moving these posts to a sister site similar to last years CSM8.org?

    As I said your hard work on posts and podcast is fair game for monetization, and anything you get you richly deserve.
    Making money (even if its less than the site costs you to run), out of being a key source of information on the CSM? Not so much.

    • Hark

      p.s. didn’t take long for someone to complain about something eh?

    • xanderphoena

      You find it a pity that the CSM reports I am personally doing are on a site where you have to actually go to the site as opposed to reading it on an RSS feed? You serious?

      These posts are likely to move to a csm8.org variant but I have to say, that is a massive amount of entitlement you are showing right there. Please note, that CZ doesn’t get anything from Eve Bet in terms of imprints or page views or anything like that. And we make no ‘money’ from it either fwiw as we have said repeatedly on CZ.

      • Hark

        Hey what you chose to do is your own bag. I never said you *had to* or *must*, you’ll note in fact that I ask questions rather than demand action. I feel you might be jumping on the “entitlement” defence a little fast there. In my opinion if you are aiming to open communications between players and the CSM, serving some of that communication behind an enforced action is a bad call, after all even if one less player reads about CSM9’s actions because they have to click a link in *their* RSS feed, isn’t that a bad thing? Heck the CSM gets little enough exposure as it is. That my opinion and its the one thing I am “entitled” to. On the other hand if your opinion is that your serving better on here than on an open site, that’s your work, and your call. But it sounds like your planning to move the content any way so, fair play.

        I’ve listened to you talking about the affiliation with EB, and it is not my intent to imply your taking any money from them. I’m more talking about the advertisements such as the “11 Foods to avoid when trying to lose weight” below (and when I posted the first comment above the comment box). I listen to CZ regularly and as you say, you’ve made your relationship with EB perfectly clear.

        • xanderphoena

          ‘I’m more talking about the advertisements such as the “11 Foods to avoid when trying to lose weight” below (and when I posted the first comment above the comment box).’

          I’d actually quite like to turn these off but they aren’t connected to the site at all. Those are put there from disqus. I’ll speak to Jeg to see if we can have those turned off as we aren’t making a penny from them.

          ‘Heck the CSM gets little enough exposure as it is’

          Ripard’s CSM reports weren’t ‘CSM’ blogs in so far as it was his own blog posting his thoughts and experiences from the CSM process. It wasn’t ratified by CSM8 or authorised by them or checked or anything like that. My blog posts are the same. Surely me posting something which will require a tiny % of users to literally click one link is better than nothing at all from individual members of the CSM?

          Either way, we will be running a csm8.org variant and these blogs will appear on there too. I have no idea if that will have a truncated RSS feed too. The reason CZ has it is the RSS feed ran out of space and podcasts weren’t posting to iTunes. It was quite literally not an option to leave it full and I think if someone is interested in the process clicking a single link seems like not too much of a hardship.

          • Hark

            I was under the impression that Ripards reports were fully syndicated to CSM8.org? I can tell for sure right now as I think its down.

            Your right, 99% of something is always better than nothing. But if communication is your thing, then always making the effort to hit that last 1% is even better. As to the effort involved in clicking a single link… I agree (i’m here after all as I always am), but I think you’d be silly to underestimate the laziness of the internet, and your not silly ;).

            Its a great start to continuing great communication between CSM and players. All I am advocating is to improve that (even if its only by 1%) if you can.

            Either way I’m glad your in rather than out.

          • xanderphoena

            Yes, they were syndicated but it was ‘Ripard’s’ blog as opposed to a ‘CSM’ blog. It was his opinions and thoughts on the process as mine will be. There were many times when Ripard’s opinion on that blog did not match the CSM8 collective.

            I will speak to Jeg and see if there is something we can do with RSS feeds but as I say, it wasn’t possible for technical reasons previously.

          • Hark

            Fair enough. Good luck, for the site, the CSM site and the CSM year.

          • xanderphoena

            Thank you – I do appreciate you taking the time to provide constructive feedback. I’ll make sure and add the RSS feed to the massive list of tasks I have at the moment and if we can fix it, we will πŸ™‚

  • Saint

    Great lineup, congrats Xander!