EVE Online starts CSM process earlier this year

    
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Because of when EVE Online’s Fanfest is happening this year, the election process for the game’s Council of Stellar Management has started earlier than in years past.

Candidates for CSM 11 can submit their applications starting on January 15th and continuing through February 9th. Voting for CSM will take place between February 29th and March 25th, and the results will be announced on April 21st at Fanfest.

This player council is instrumental in advising developers on fan concerns and suggestions and meets several times in person with the dev team in Iceland over the year. Candidates must be 18 years old and may run under a pseudonym if desired.

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VoiceReason
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VoiceReason

The problem with the CSM, is that it has become diminished.  For instance, goons turn out in force to elect their representative – this representative is then marginalized due to having a very specific agenda that doesn’t effect the majority of players.

EVE is suffering a tremendous PR problem, tracing back to Incarna and has hemmoraged players since.  They bet on the wrong pony and the consequences are coming to fruition.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

The CSM program has definitely had its ups and downs, but the concept itself is solid and i wish more stable MMOs would incorporate some sort of an iteration of it.

Silvercat18
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Silvercat18

Valhalla Awaits Silvercat18  Partly, except that those groups have no real vested interest in appealing to normal voters. The closest equivalent I can think of would be if the only people standing were business lobbyists and the only people voting were their own workers. Take Goonswarm for example – they only need votes from their own members to get someone elected and as a group they are actively hostile to EvE itself and have, on occasion, stated they want it outright destroyed. Normal political parties have to reach out to swing and undecided voters, rather than having their own inbuilt voting block and this makes them more moderate if they want to get into some sort of power.
Its like taking all the bad parts of the political systems and actively removing all the checks and balances that make them work.

Valhalla Awaits
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Valhalla Awaits

Silvercat18 Just like real world political elections.

Silvercat18
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Silvercat18

“instrumental in advising developers of fan concerns and suggestions” – That is what it is intended to do, but what it actually does is let big groups in EVE put forward their own candidates whose only agenda is to promote the interests of the group that put them there. The upshot of this is that they often don’t get on well with other candidates and that they present a view of the game that is biased towards the stagnant power-blocks that are ruining the game in the first place.

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

They better pick the right people, or angry alliance leaders will organize the crashing of the server again.