Hi everyone, I have a request. As you all know, to pass from the preliminary stage of the ballot to the final ballot, you need 200 "endorsements" on the CSM web voting application set up for this. Well, on Friday, CCP Dolan quietly revealed that there had been a small number of "false positives": people who were told that they had 200 endorsements and really didn't.
One of those it turns out, was riverini, editor of EVE News 24. He's understandably a little annoyed, because he thought he had passed the threshold, told his supporters that he had passed the threshold, and told his supporters that they didn't have to endorse him any more the same way I did. Now he's been told that he hasn't passed the threshold.
Let's make no mistake here: the primary system as it is is pretty freakin' dumb. The main election is going to decide who is on CSM8 and who isn't, and anyone who can only pull together 200 votes isn't going to make the cut regardless. For that reason, I opposed the primary process and have said so in public here and in other places. But anyone who is willing to do all of the work and make the sacrifices that come with the initial application process for running for CSM8 should be allowed to... you know... run for CSM8. More candidates is better for the process, simple as that. More candidates bring in more voters, more voters bring in more awareness, and more awareness is only to the good of the CSM, CCP, and the game we all love.
For that reason, if you have endorsements remaining, I encourage you to send them riverini's way. Here's the link to do so. Whether you agree with his views or not, I think it's the right thing to do. He deserves a full shot, the same as me. And if there is virtually any other candidate who has not yet hit their 200 or that were also sent "false positive" e-mails, please feel free to make yourselves known in comments.(1) I support virtually every candidate getting past this first stage and moving on to the main event. At that point, let the players decide. It's how the system should work.
EDIT (30/Mar/2013): Oh, and for those asking: I wasn't one of the false positives. I received a second e-mail from Dolan saying that I was qualified for the main election, as did most other candidates.
EDIT (30/Mar/2013): I have learned that Sgurd Battersea is also below the threshold, and might choose to withdraw from the election because of it. Please endorse him as well if you have the means to do so.
(1) I'm not all that chuffed about Fon passing or not passing the 200, but perhaps even he deserves to get his day in front of the players. I'm certainly content to let EVE's players decide his fate, and I'm quite confident they'll decide his fate properly. That's how EVE works, and how the election should work.