The Minutes are out, the Minutes are out! I think I mentioned that. ;-)
And bloggers and pod-casters and news sites and players are reading them and commenting on them, which is nice. And so far, few or nobody that I've seen has said the Minutes are bad or of low quality, which is even better. Everyone says they took too long, which I completely acknowledge and agree with but if they'd been late and low quality, I think ritual suicide would have been the only viable option.
I'll have more to say about the Minutes (and the sessions behind them) myself in the next week or two but I do want to mention one recurring theme: CCP let a lot more through the :nda: gate than I quite frankly expected them to. As a matter of fact, I'm really surprised that the Minutes did take so long given the relatively benign changes that were made to our original text. In some cases, I can't find any changes to what I wrote. Credit goes to Trebor Daehdoow here: when giving us tips on how to write the Minutes, he advised us to write everything that happened and let CCP decide what they wanted to filter. That's what we did and so you got a lot of information out of it.
So even if you're not a Minutes person, take a few minutes and read the sections that seem interesting to you. There's some gems hiding in plain sight. But yeah, I'll be hanging a lantern over a few of them in the coming days.
Of course, the last minute uncertainty about the minutes caused other CSM members to cheerfully troll people about them... Here's mynnna suggesting that we sell copies of the Minutes. I knew there was a reason he's so rich.
In the meantime, now that the Minutes are out, Ali Aras has started a thread asking for suggestions on how they can be improved for the next iteration. If you have suggestions along those lines, please feel free to post them to this thread!
Other than the Minutes, though, things have actually been fairly quiet for one more week. We're definitely starting to see CCP employees come back from the holidays and the Skype channel and the private section of the forums are starting to heat back up, but it's happening fairly slowly.
In the meantime, with the Summer Summit Minutes out, seven members of CSM8 are preparing for the Winter Summit. The date for that should be announced any time, but those of us who are going have received our travel arrangements and so forth. So it's off to Iceland again for me. One thing we're busy with is a list of topics that we want to see discussed during these sessions. Our list there is done and we'll be sending that to CCP Dolan shortly. Once he has that, I'll let Dolan announce the dates since it's his job to do so.
I had hoped to announce the date of the 4th CSM Town Hall today but I'm waiting on final confirmation from one more party before I do so. With any luck, look for that tomorrow.
And that's pretty much all I can think of for this week. More to come soon!