On Transparency II

As I mentioned in my recent weekly report, I’ve been trying to catch up with the Eve media circus that traditionally plays out for those taking part in election season this time of year. We recorded a new episode of CZ with Endie and Manny, I have appeared on Eve Radio and finished my Cap Stable interview. One interview I particularly enjoyed was with the guys over at Legacy of a Capsuleer. We covered the expected topics such as CSM9’s performance, the concept of visibility and transparency of the CSM process and the overall development of the game. Tyrant and Shadow asked a lot of pertinent and tough questions. The day before I sat down with them, they interviewed CCP Falcon and CCP Leeloo in a marathon two and a half hour podcast that covered a wide arrange of issues, starting with some questions from the community and then digging deeper into some of the recent controversy surrounding CSM9. I highly recommend checking this recording out to get a feel of how recent community and CSM issues have been viewed from CCP’s perspective internally. A portion starting around 1hr 49 minutes into the interview caught my eye/ear and given some of the accusations recently pointed at me, I wanted to transcribe it here. Tyrant opened the section with a question on recent accusations from some CSM members about others being inactive or only being there to bolster their own media presence. Leeloo’s response is as follows (emphasis mine):

CCP Leeloo: So let me answer the first part of the question regarding the accusations as they are. There are not only accusations regarding inactivity there are a lot of accusations regarding NDA breach, regarding the wrong communication style – God knows, you know – and most of the time, I mean, I don’t mind people fighting, especially before the elections start so it was gonna happen regardless. What do we say and how do we look at it – if the reputation of the CSM as a whole is not damaged and if our communication is not damaged I don’t mind people having a good healthy fight.

I mean when somebody says ‘hey, you’ve been inactive’ that person can always defend themself if they were active. They can go and say like ‘hey, I’ve posted this many blogs, I made this research, I did this, I did that’ – they can always defend themselves if they were really active. If they weren’t then you know, players are going to see them and they are not going to try and defend themselves.

And in a lot of cases where people accuse each other of being inactive it doesn’t really require any sort of defense. It’s obvious who has been active, who has been inactive just from public stuff that people put out there. And for me it’s like you have said as well.

And regarding the NDA breach accusations, this are is something I am super unhappy with because literally the only side that can blame someone for breaching NDA is us and it is usually done by our lawyers. It isn’t me going out and saying ‘hey, you breached NDA’. It’s gonna be like, you know, an official thing from our legal department saying that ‘your access has been removed and here is what possible legal action we are going to take against you for breaching NDA’. And, you know, that’s a serious thing – you don’t just go out there and accuse somebody of having breached NDA just cause you felt like it. So this is something we are trying to work on and I really kind of ask people not to, you know, accuse each other of something they didn’t do especially with something this serious because, you know, a lot of CSM members they’ve put out their real name out there and, you know, this is a serious thing that can affect their lives. And this is not nice, seriously.

Tyrant Scorn: Can I take away from this that there hasn’t been an NDA breach?

CCP Leeloo: There hasn’t been.

Tyrant Scorn: Ok, that’s clear. I guess because you know, I was a little bit worried that if that were the case and that person wouldn’t have been kicked off that creates a whole different situation so I am happy you could clarify on that.

I think it’s important to note that as far as CCP is concerned, there have been zero NDA breaches during CSM9’s term. There is no ambiguity in the above statement – it’s a categorical denial of any NDA breach. I’m genuinely sad that so much of the time devoted to this election campaign so far has surrounded certain controversies during CSM9’s term as opposed to the issues surrounding the game itself and the massively important term facing CSMX. I’ve tried at every juncture when interviewed in Eve media in the past week to steer the conversation towards the latter but unfortunately people like to hear about drama. This I had to directly address however because the original allegations towards me were incredibly serious as CCP Leeloo confirms above. Thankfully, what she also confirms is that they are a complete fabrication. It’s such a pity that a politically active community had to waste so much time on this drama when it was all based on lies. So when you hear someone stating that NDA breaches are rife, consider the above quotations from CCP and consider also that CCP seems to be incredibly unhappy that people are making those accusations. It does make you wonder what else people are saying that is false as well as what damage these fabrications may be causing. It certainly makes me very excited about making the CSM process more transparent going forward.
Tags: csm9, CSMX, transparency, tyrant

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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.