Just a quickie.
I thought I'd take a moment to remind all of you that the Council of Stellar Management, EVE's elected body of player advocates, does indeed still exist.
That said, this is probably a good point to mention that it's now been a month since any member of CSM7 chose to blog about anything. All the CSM member blogs are still listed in the lower right corner there, tagged under "Infrequent but important", which is truth in advertising at its best. We've been waiting for the minutes of the May-June CSM Summit in Iceland for six weeks now, which is almost a new record in CSM lateness. For the record, CSM5 routinely put the minutes of their Summits out in two weeks, unless it was Christmas, in which case it took them three. The only consolation that we've been given to date is the relevant thread on the EVE-O forums, which promises that when the minutes are released, they'll extend to some 120 pages(!) in length.
I can't decide if this is laudable transparency or ridiculous over-detail. I'll let you know when I've read the darn thing. But it strikes me as likely that a document of such incredible length will be going through a long review cycle with CCP when and if it's ever done.
Unsurprisingly, CSM work horse Trebor Daehdoow has done the bulk of the heavy lifting, single-handedly completing a full quarter of the proposed minutes that will be produced by the 14-member CSM7. Equally unsurprising, Two step comes in second on this count and is also showing good leadership in getting this done. Hans Jagerblitzen, Elise Randolph, Alekseyev Karrde, and Issler Dainze also deserve credit for putting work into this.
CSM7 Chair Seleene is a no-show. No part of the minutes has been written by Seleene and there is no blog post nor forum post explaining his lack of leadership. His blog to date this year shows half the posts that it did at this time last year... when he wasn't CSM Chair.
I took a lot of heat from a lot of people up to Seleene himself when I didn't endorse him for CSM7, stating that I didn't think he had the time to put the necessary work into the position. You know what? It's a real burden to me being proven right all the time. ;-) I still like and respect Seleene very much, but the first third of his chairmanship can only be regarded as a failure.
Anyway, I look forward to reading these monster minutes when they're released, but let's all hope that it's before the CSM winter summit, shall we? Obviously, after I've read them, I'll certainly likely have a lot to say about them. I also look forward to listening to the next CSM fireside chat, which we were told would take place after their release.