|Image courtesy of Mangala Solaris|
So, we were supposed to kick off the election about now, but CCP Dolan announced on the forums that there's going to be a 24 hour delay, and voting will now begin on April 4. The election then runs for two weeks until April 18. Expect there to be a big link somewhere near the top of the site that I will be asking all of you to click when the time comes. ;-)
I was going to post a list of who I think is going to win the CSM8 election this week, but Rixx Javix successfully convinced me to delay that post. He argued -- correctly, I decided -- that I can hardly endorse a slate of candidates, then predict that some of those candidates are going to lose (if I do). That's hard logic... the logic of EVE, you might say. But it's accurate logic and I can't argue with it. So expect to see my prediction of the winners right around April 18, when the voting is done. I'll likely hold my opinion of some of the bloc voters until that time as well.
In the meantime, I've been really humbled by a number of both cross-endorsements by my fellow CSM candidates and other bloggers and writers ouut there. So in a profound display of ego, here's a list. ;-)
I have received the most pre-election endorsements of any candidate! Obviously, I'm thrilled and humbled by this. Thank you.
Trebor Daehdoow, Ali Aras and Mangala Solaris were nice enough to cross-endorse me, rather highly. Nathan Jameson and James Arget also cross-endorsed me, but after their wormhole buddies for some reason. ;-) Thanks, everyone! Hope to meet all of you in Iceland!
Rhavas at Interstellar Privateer had some very flattering things to say about me.
Rixx Javix, as well as offering the fine advice above and a kind endorsement, is hoping being on the CSM slows down this blog.
Ditto Kirith Kodachi, who put me at the top of his list of endorsements (thanks very much!), but also hopes for a blog-slow-down thing. ;-)
As I mentioned at the time, Poetic Stanziel endorsed me even before I had decided to run and has frequently had really flattering things to say about me -- almost embarrassingly so, really. I hope I can live up to them.
I've already mentioned this endorsement by splatus which was also quite nice.
And finally, in addition to Trebor, I've been endorsed by CSM7 members Kelduum Revaan, Two step, and CSM7 Chair Seleene. Pretty sure the latter wants me to get a first-hand look at how hard the job is...
Thank you to everyone for the very nice public words and wishes! I appreciate them a lot!
I'll update this post as I find more examples of this rather un-EVE-like niceness. Know who hasn't endorsed any candidates yet? Both EVE News 24 and themittani.com. Certainly riverini will endorse himself, but who else? And it'll be quite interesting to see what TMC does. Stay tuned!
EDIT (3/Apr/2013): Updated with Two step's endorsement and the pre-election endorsement results.
EDIT (4/Apr/2013): Updated with additional CSM8 candidate cross-endorsements.