Lloyd Dobler: Am I going? Am I going to England? I've thought about this quite a bit...Let's start with the conclusion this time. Am I running for CSM7? I've decided: No, I'm not.
On Friday, I wrote a long post essentially listing the reasons for me not to run for CSM7. Not only are they excellent reasons in their own right, there are other good reasons for me not to run that I'll get into in a moment. What I didn't list in that post were very many reasons for me to run. Don't get me wrong! I have a lot of reasons to run! But right now, for me, the reasons not to run outweighed the reasons to run.
I was honestly curious, though: would someone come up with a good reason for me to run that I couldn't think of myself? The simple fact is that -- overall -- I feel like CSM6 is doing a decent job. There are definitely members of it that have been all but useless to the membership, but there are a lot of good people there, too.
And of all the people on CSM6 that I believe are doing a good job, all of them are running for reelection. I would have loved to have been one of them, and had I won a CSM6 alt seat, running for reelection would have been a no-brainer. But that didn't happen, of course. Or, if the people I feel are doing a good job weren't running for reelection, again, running for CSM7 would be a no-brainer.
So, to convince myself to run, I needed a reason why I'm a better choice to be on CSM7 than one of these people... and I couldn't come up with one. The purpose to the "Influence" post, therefore, was to see if one of you could come up with one. And everyone who tried essentially said, "You should run for CSM7 because you have a good chance of winning a seat on CSM7."
That's a little bit circular, don't you think? ;-)
So, no, I'm not running. Not only are the reasons in the Influence post good ones, but there are other good reasons besides.
First, I have to say that I'm having a great deal of fun playing EVE again. I spend the bulk of my time in EVE chatting on Rote Kapelle TeamSpeak, and a high percentage of that time in fun activities like making other people wish they didn't play EVE. ;-) In the process, I'm learning an absolute ton, and it's making me a much better pilot. Do I want to give that up to spend a ton of time reading CSM forums and connected to the CSM Skype? Nope, not really. In addition, to really feel like I was doing the job of a CSM member properly, I feel like I'd have to spend a lot more time than I do today talking to EVE players. That would take even more time.
Second, as I said in the Influence post, if I were to run, there's no question in my mind that I would take votes away from worthy non-bloc candidates, particularly the CSM6 members I favor that are running for reelection. I have no desire to do that. Even more so, though, I have no desire whatsoever to fragment and dilute the non-bloc vote more than it's already going to be diluted. The simple fact is that the methodology for the CSM7 election so favors the large 0.0 blocs that there's virtually zero chance of anyone not in one of those blocs winning one of those critical top seven seats if they're not already on CSM6. Cut down the number of voting seats and cut down the number of non-bloc candidates through the petition methodology? Excellent ideas, CCP. Not!
It is no coincidence that the bulk of CSM6 -- who represent these blocs -- thought these were good ideas. They are good ideas. For them! That the CCP representatives in the room didn't see this really makes me doubt their critical thinking abilities.
In fact, the only reason I could think of to actually run was rather selfish and political. If I were Mittens, my thought process goes like this: run and take so many votes away from non-bloc candidates that the entire CSM7 is made up of bloc candidates, thereby reducing its usefulness to CCP while in Iceland as a player sounding board. That way, perhaps they'll go with a voting methodology for CSM8 that actually... you know... makes sense.
Third, if I were on CSM7, who in the EVE blogging community is going to keep an eye on CSM7? I'm pretty sure I was the only one really keeping an eye on CSM6. ;-)
The reasons I listed in my Influence post are still the best ones for me not to run right now, though. This blog was created to publicize my CSM6 run. But -- ironically -- in the year since, the blog, my independence, and what I do here with them has become more important to me than being on the CSM.(1)
Good luck to those of you that decide to run! I'll be watching you. And who knows, maybe next year.
(1) Finally, I take a great deal of pleasure in the fact that I completely destroy the premise, logic, and conclusions of this. Next time, Yuki, perhaps you will talk to me before writing an article about what I'm thinking. ;-)