This was just anarchy.
There was very little rhyme or reason or structure to the thing, unfortunately. Now, part of this is perhaps because I missed the first 20 minutes of the meeting. The CSM apparently doesn't like people who live within 500 miles of the Pacific Ocean any more than CCP does, because it was scheduled for 1700 EVE time. So if there were opening remarks or structured dialogue as part of this thing, I missed that. By the time I got on, the meeting consisted of random, mostly badly-worded questions being chosen by someone who clearly didn't have a good feel for the sorts of questions that the CSM should and should not be asked. Compared to the fine job that DJ FunkyBacon did with The Mittani/Riverini debate on EVE Radio during the elections, this was a farce.
Pro tip for next time: if the question is silly, hard to understand, unreasonable, or is not something the CSM can address... don't ask it!
Cough. Anyway, good thing about the part of the meeting I heard was that most CSM members got a say about topics that interested them. In particular, when asked such a badly-worded unreasonable question about high-sec war-decs, Seleene immediately bounced the question to Alekseyev Karrde, who as part of Noir. makes his EVE living on high-sec war-decs. Reworded to something semi-relevant, the question was basically "What do you say to high-sec players who simply want to opt out of war-decs because PvP has no interest for them whatsoever?" Aleks's answer:
You have to deal with it... or stay docked... or play another game.Er... yeah. I immediately joked in the in-game channel that "CSM member encourages high-sec EVE players to stop playing EVE" and he clarified his statement with this:
[17:51:27] Alekseyev Karrde > Some players have unrealistic expectactions of safety in EVE. My constituants know that and wont miss people that quit because they face the cold dark reality of New EdenSic throughout. Take it for what it's worth, but keep in mind that Aleks's "constituants" are probably people that like high-sec war-decs. ;-) But that's the quote of the week.
By the end of the meeting, anarchy and pointlessness had taken over to such a degree that the "moderator" -- and Dear Heaven, do I hesitate to dignify whomever was running this thing with that title -- read a question from Darius III. Yes, that Darius III. The one that's on CSM7. The one that should have been answering questions, not asking them. When asked why he wasn't in a position to answer questions himself live, Darius stated that "he wasn't invited." This statement drew mocking insulting commentary from the rest of the CSM.
At that point, I shut down EVE Radio and left to do something productive.
If it isn't clear enough, the members of CSM7 are not impressing me so far. The fact that most of the CSM members got a chance to speak? That's a good thing, compared to CSM6. The fact that they're having town hall meetings, and I hope that they will indeed be plural? Also a good thing. The rest of this first town hall meeting? It was a disaster, in my opinion. Let's hope CSM7's performance at the May/June Summit is better than this, and let's hope future town halls are handled with a lot more professionalism.
EDIT (22/May/2012): Two step informs me that the recording of this town hall is available at http://www.eve-radio.com/csmtownhall . Thanks for the link!