Missing the Point
Posted by Corelin
James 315 has put up his CSM Manifesto and I tend to think he is someone I more or less agree with, except that he’s using a ton of stick and too little carrot. Nerf’s don’t sell games, buffs do. If you want to sell more and bring more people in don’t nerf the undesirable, buff the desirable.
But that doesn’t matter a damn bit. The problem with James is he doesn’t understand in the slightest what his power as a CSM will be. CCP doesn’t call in the great and powerful CSM and say “Oh mighty warriors for Truth, Justice and the Almighty ISK! Speak to us of your wisdom and direct our efforts that we may remold EvE in your image!” it’s a bit more like “Ok guys here’s what we think is a good idea plus something Greyscale thinks isn’t as daft as his normal offerings, look at it for five minutes, talk about it for a bit then lets go get wasted.”
The CSM doesn’t design things, the CSM puts pressure on CCP to do things differently. Whether or not I believe CCP should redesign the Dominix into something that looks less like a turd and more like something I’d want to fly as much as I’ve actually flown it doesn’t matter unless CCP actually asks “What order do you think the art team should be redesigning ships in” in which case my answer is
- Dominix Navy Issue
And yes I know most of those are hulls shared between multiple ships. THAT’S THE IDEA! LET’S GET THESE ABOMINATIONS REDESIGNED AND SOD THE REST!
Back to the topic at hand: James 315’s Manifesto is a great piece for a position as a dev, or an actual power broker. The CSM is still struggling to get a meaningful share as a stakeholder, and the only thing they can try to manage is expectations. That piece does not manage expectations, it inflates them. He promises to fight for many things, but he’s as well armed as a high school actor playing the Herald in Henry V. In fact, should he win (and I hope he does, I cannot get enough of the guy) his job will be mostly the same. Come up, beg Harry to accept a ransom, leave disappointed. Show up, beg, leave. Show up, beg for permission to bury his losses, leave depressed.
I’m not hating on James’ ideas, i’m just beating my favorite dead horse. The CSM doesn’t run shit. Trumpteting yourself as the man with the plan to solve all highsec problems may or may not have ANY relevance to what CCP needs from CSM this next term. If the CSM is just working in null, and not really concerned with highsec then some of James’ concepts may be relevant, but the main force will be wasted as CCP doesn’t even ask for input that allows James to bring his research, his experience, and his persuasiveness to bear in any relevant manner.
All that said, as a blogger I sure as hell hope he makes it. Him on the CSM makes me feel like this:
Also: I promise I’ll blog more. I have a ridiculous list of drafts to finish, I’m just trying to not rehash so many old ideas and provide you guys with good content.