I'm behind on my regularly scheduled posting, so let's catch up. But I'll keep this fairly short because honestly there isn't a whole lot new to say.
No Winter Summit Minutes yet. Go back and read what I said about them last week. It still applies. Ali Aras continues to push this near-daily. What we're waiting for, I really have no idea at this point. Yes, I'm frustrated. Everyone on the CSM is. We got our work done on them lightning quick this time. Doesn't seem to have helped.
That said, CCP Dolan did keep his promise to publish the dev blog about the CSM9 election process, so that's now in play. There are several bits of excellent news here: the STV system from last year is being used again, minus the pointless "pre-election" process that was stapled onto it last year. That's going to result in a much expedited election process which means that we're back on schedule. We're in the official candidate application period now, so if you'd like to run, now's the time to follow the process to kick that off.
The official candidate's list gets published on April 3. Soon after, I will publish my now-traditional three blog posts regarding the list: who I endorse and why, who I think will win, and who I think won't win and why. As with last year, I'll be publishing a list of 14 candidates that I hope you will vote for... even if I'm not among them. ;-)
CSM8 had our fifth scheduled Town Hall this past weekend. I thought it went very well! The number of CSM members there was a bit fewer than I would have liked -- several had to bow out at the last minute. Still, we had a good group and a large number of participants who asked some great questions. And I've just realized I completely forgot to ask about a recording. I'll do that this week and see if someone has one. No less than three different people commented to me that several of us sounded tired. And thinking about it, I think that's a fair comment. It's been a long term... productive as hell, but long.
Speaking of that, we got a couple of big homework assignments on the private section of the forums this past week. Both of them are complex, fiddly as hell, and about as :nda: as you can get. But CCP continues to impress me with their increasing willingness to get the CSM involved in the nuts-and-bolts design phase for major game features. Both of these topics were right down to the bare metal of rough ideas intended for future EVE releases. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue with our successors, because it's nothing but positive!
As has been the trend for the last few weeks, Skype is actually pretty quiet. Casual conversations, a few one-off serious questions, and the last few days, a lot of discussion about CCP Fozzie's w-space signature delay proposal. You may have missed it because he posted it to the Wormhole section of the forums instead of Features and Ideas. That said, I'm staying completely out of that one. I recognize I don't know enough about wormholes any more to offer much in the way of intelligent commentary on the proposal. But if you want to get involved in that discussion, please do!
And that's about all I can think of for now. More next week!