Dierdra Vaal, a past CSM member, asked the following question of CCP Rise during his "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit.
Hey Rise, loving Rubicon so far! Two questions:And Rise's response...
1) What has your experience been with the CSM? Specifically:
1.1) Have you found their input and feedback to be useful?
1.2) Can you give an example of the kind of contact and communication you have with the CSM?
I love the CSM. This is the only CSM I've interacted with, so I'm sure the experience may vary, but it has seriously been invaluable. In my 8 months or so here I've seen them prevent or predict several whoopsies by us and they've helped guide design on almost every major feature. 1.2) We have a chat channel with the CSM and many devs which is busy around the clock. We constantly go to the them for feedback on design work, they constantly come to us with concerns or developments from the ground in EVE. We also have a private forum for longer discussions on feature work or long-term projects like the crowd-sourcing the CSM recently did.Blush. We didn't even pay him. Thanks, Rise. See? We are useful.
They work really hard and I love them. Even progod
Rise's AMA post and a couple of the presentations at EVE Down Under did spur us to start chatting internally about a few matters. But I'll have more to say about that in a week or two.
I have to admit that this post at The EVE Onion made me (and every CSM member I saw who saw it) laugh. Well played! Well played, indeed.
CCP Dolan got on my case this week about something minor, and I was able to immediately get back on his case about the minutes. That was entertaining. I have no other update on the minutes, though. Needless to say, I've already started trolling him that he's going to have even more minutes on his desk if the Winter Summit comes and he hasn't published the minutes from the Summer Summit.
No meetings with CCP this past week. Our next meeting is tomorrow morning, and our regular stake-holder meeting is also this week. Things are pretty quiet on the CCP communications front overall. We've been asked to participate in a brain-storming session on one of the major summer release features and I've been quite active on that thread. But the Skype channel is pretty quiet overall and really, other than Dolan's announcement about bump-tackling ships on log-in, so have the forums.
As I write this, it's December 2, which means exactly six months to the announcement of the members of CSM9! If you're planning on running, now's a good time to start your planning process, by the way. Think about what kinds of issues you'd like to champion, where your voting base is going to come from, and which other types of CSM candidates you'll want to make alliances with. The STV system makes that latter bit particularly important, as we discovered this year.
And honestly, that's all I can think of. What with it being Thanksgiving week for the CSM members in the U.S., we didn't get much done. It will probably be a bit busier update next week...