There are almost certainly not going to be any minutes published in 2013. Over the last few weeks, the CSM was repeatedly assured that the minutes would soon(tm) be ready to go, and we were given today as an absolute worst-case scenario for when they would be ready for publishing. Not only will the minutes not be published today, the CSM has not even received a draft of the changes that CCP would like us to consider for minutes which we put on their desk months ago. What we have been told about what changes we could expect in such a CCP-edited draft is so discouraging that I don't even like obliquely referring to it.
And if that were not bad enough, not only have we not received any drafts, not only have we not received any updates on any drafts, we have not received any updates on when we can expect to receive updates for ten days now. Nor do we expect any soon: by the time you're reading this, it's a good bet CCP Dolan has started his holiday vacation. Don't get me wrong: he deserves it. But it means that nobody's going to be pushing on this until he gets back. That means 2014 at the earliest for minutes, more than four months after the summit.
I'm going to stop mincing words now: This. Is. A. Disgrace.
Absolutely granted, I'm sure the Community team was busy setting up the PLEX for GOOD stream last weekend. And that was a great success, and I'm thrilled for CCP for it. Absolutely granted, I'm sure more and more of CCP are heading out on their holiday breaks. That delays things because the very people that need to approve the minutes aren't there to do so. Fine. But at this point, I am personally done accepting excuses. Many of the rest of the CSM feels the same way. This should have been completed weeks ago. The fact that it wasn't means that someone -- somewhere -- is purposefully sitting on the minutes hoping we'll just give up and forget about them.
AIN'T. GONNA. HAPPEN.
As I said, more and more of the Reyk office is emptying of CCP employees as they head out on their holiday breaks. Although we have a stake-holder meeting scheduled this week, I personally don't expect it will happen. With the exception of a few devs here and there chatting with us, Skype and the forums have gone pretty much dead silent and I expect that to continue through the next couple of updates. CCP Fozzie stopped in for a while and gave us some info on his EVE Down Under revelations. CCP Rise was on today to chat about some stuff. And a few CSM members had a good chat with a few members of Superfriends. But overall? Not a lot going on.
I mentioned last week that if you're thinking of running for CSM9, now's the time to start laying groundwork. I'm pretty sure that prompted this post from Neville Smit of EVE University. Don't get me wrong: Neville would make an outstanding CSM delegate. But reading his post, I'm reminded of one of my favorite lines from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:
Kirk: Don't mince words, Bones. What do you really think?Hee! Neville, you running or not, man? You're never gonna get anywhere with a CSM run if you won't stake a position on something. ;-)
And I think that's all for this week. Not much, but there isn't much going on. Expect next week's update to be even shorter...