It most certainly is. The challenge is finding that balance between working, and taking time away from doing your work to prove that you're doing your work by talking to the community about what you're talking about with the community. (If that sentence sounded redundant, than you understand my point) The first will always take priority over the second for me personally, as I'm not near as preoccupied with public opinion or re-election as I am actually making the most of this opportunity. While CCP is currently on their summer break (I'll elaborate in an upcoming blog) my work instead lies with the community itself, making sure I know exactly what to fight for when the discussion resumes with CCP regarding the next content release. When I'm not working on the minutes I'm still forum posting with CCP, forum posting with players, skyping with CCP, fielding email correspondence, and most time-consuming of all: actually talking with players about what's going on in the warzone, not to mention playing the game to see for myself)Great comment, Hans, and thanks! Again, this comment in its entirety is something that Hans could (and should!) post to his own blog. Not every blog post has to be a masterpiece of detail on what's being done. Just an assurance that things are being done is often quite good enough. The idea that "working on stuff" and "talking to the players about stuff" are two different things is -- to me -- a fallacy. Talking to the players is part of the work of the CSM.
For a CSM representative like myself with a major feature on the operating table, this time of the year is even more demanding, given the sense of urgency it is critical that I know exactly what the players want, which takes time to sort out. Forum posts, email responses, impromptu in-game conversations, radio appearances and podcasts, all eat up time that I'm also expected to be making progress on the minutes. Seeing as how good portions of what we do we can't talk about in detail yet (such as anything covered by the minutes and the work-in-progress threads on the internal CSM/CCP forums) its even more challenging to keep up with everyone's insatiable thirst for the latest news.
I am certainly one of the CSM members that hasn't blogged in a bit, but its for the simple reason that I can't in good conscience sit around and chit chat in a neutered fashion when there is still work to be done on the minutes themselves, which are almost complete. We're actually further along than Jester assumes, since the completed sessions are already sailing through the CSM approval progress, many have been signed off by all the CCP participants so there shouldn't be any super-long delay once the final sessions are wrapped up.
I'll blog very soon - both about the work we've been up to on the minutes as well as about Faction Warfare in particular, though anyone following my posts in the dev-sponsored pair of threads related to Faction Warfare in Features and Ideas already knows what I've been talking to CCP about and where the conversation is going.
I know its frustrating, and I appreciate everyone's patience, but I just have a tough time sitting down to write neutered material when I could be delivering what you guys all really want to read instead. We're really aiming for the most comprehensive coverage of the CSM summit to date, and there's no quick way to write three times as much material as typical CSM minutes, as well as deliver them in the same timeframe. Once we're completed, you can all decide whether it was worth the delay, and if you'd rather have less information in the future, you'll certainly find little resistance from the CSM members. :)
One related item bears mentioning, too. There's a tendency among what I'll politely call the "less active" CSM members -- for every CSM -- to think that their work starts and ends with the two Iceland summits. These CSM members seem to think they were elected to go to those meetings and other than that, their jobs have no other expectations or responsibilities. In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth. That's why I'm going to continue to be very specific (as I was last year) about which CSM members are and are not helping with the other work of the CSM.
Including the work of keeping the players informed of what the CSM is doing. That's where accountability comes into it. That will also come up when I read the minutes: I'll be looking at who said what and who thinks what.
Thanks again for your reply, Hans! Now, how about the rest of the CSM? I know some of y'all are out there.