I myself will get back to that topic on Wednesday. But there's a few final things I want to say about this topic before moving on. There really are layers and layers at work here.
Let's get to the first quote of the week, this one from The Mittani himself. As I said on Saturday, he, Two step, Trebor Daehdoow, and Seleene from CSM7, and Brendan "Nyphur" Drain from Massively all appeared on EVE Radio Friday evening, all talking about this topic. When the host of the proceedings asked Mittens directly, "Do you think the 30-day ban was deserved?", Mittens responded:
I'm happy to accept it.
In my own job, I excel at saying "no" while not appearing to do so. As a matter of fact, I sometimes joke that "I have 683 ways of saying 'no' without consecutively using the letters 'N' or 'O'". Within that rule, Mittens's response will serve admirably. Hell, aside from some angry rhetoric in the State of the Goonion immediately after being informed of CCP's decisions, the way Mittens has responded to the ban and his removal from the CSM has actually been pretty low-key. It's certainly more restrained than my own response probably would have been.
Don't be fooled: it's the stillness of the air 36 hours before the hurricane hits shore. I'll have more to say about that tomorrow.
In the State of the Goonion, Mittens said he felt he "fell on my sword... twice... then twisted it around... and then CCP still nailed me to a cross." That's some pretty firm language right there. Similarly, CCP's initial ban to which Mittens was responding used some pretty harsh language as well: calling someone's actions "morally reprehensible" is also taking a pretty firm line. We also don't know what Mittens was told over e-mail or Skype by CCP, but we can infer that the language used was also pretty direct.
Since the initial heat of that moment, though, Mittens has been stepping a lot more gingerly around CCP and CCP has returned the favor. CCP Xhagen's explanatory post on the EVE-O forums about Mittens's ban and removal opens with some of the most convoluted logic that I've ever seen. In it, Xhagen states that because Mittens resigned from the Chair position before CCP got around to banning him, even though they banned Mittens for 30 days because of a violation of the EULA/TOS, Mittens will still somehow retain the right to run for a CSM slot in the future should he so desire.
Sounds like a lovely display of bending the rules to justify the end you wish to arrive at, but hey, what do I know. I'm not the lawyer here. ;-)
So -- for now -- everyone involved is playing nice. Well, almost everyone. More on that in my next post.