Something that jumps out at me immediately, though? I've said in the past (usually in footnotes) that the CSM's lack of a communications strategy comes off as a cynical political ploy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in these minutes, which equate every CSM member with every other CSM member. There isn't Mittens and Trebor and Seleene and Two step and UAxDeath... it's just "the CSM". "The CSM" thinks this, and "the CSM" thinks that. There are no visible seams... and more importantly, no visible weak spots.
Two step took a shot at trying to explain this this morning, but his explanation comes off as hollow to say the least.
Astronomers sometimes joke that in terms of mass, the solar system is made up of the sun, Jupiter, and various debris. In much the same way, from the start of their term until the second "fireside chat", there was a perception that the CSM was made up of Mittens, Trebor, and various debris. Starting from not long after that, though, the CSM closed ranks and have been doing everything they can to put forward an impression that they are a single unified body with a single opinion.
On page four of the minutes, CCP does an amusing job of hoisting the CSM on this petard by indicating that CSM7 may well be cut from nine members to seven, since:
- there's a unspoken perception that there are only four or five solid contributing members of a given CSM anyway; and,
- the differences between individual CSM members have become so blurry in CSM6 that there's little value-add to having more people on it.
Anyway, this isn't a full blog post. As I write this, I haven't even read the full minutes yet. But that's the first impression that jumps out at me as I read them.
Stay tuned. More to come.