6.) Many community members have said that the strong 0.0 message of the elected CSM members, including yourself, is bad for the future of EVE. How do you respond to such accusations?Wow, how much wrong can you fit into one answer?
Two things. First, the ‘community’ in the context of sites like Eve Report means ‘the eve blog community and #tweetfleet’, which is a niche of the game’s population with an unfortunate tendency to assume that their echo chamber actually represents /everyone/, rather than people who blog about a space game – and eve bloggers don’t seem to have much to do with nullsec.
First off, let's acknowledge what is right in this statement. If we assume a ratio of 3.6 accounts to actual human beings, that is still 100,000 people playing Eve. According to Eveblogger.com 's list, there are 587 eve blogs and maybe a few more not on there to make it an even 600. How many on twitter not a blogger? Say another 200. And another 1200 people who are readers of blogs but not bloggers themselves (and that is a generous number in my opinion) and we'll use 2000 people who blog/read blogs and/or use twitter. That's approximately 2% of my estimated number of Eve players.
So yes, we are a niche of the game's population, if by niche you mean tiny minuscule fraction of the people logging in every day. I think we are growing as a niche (reference new blogs started by Seleene and Ripard Teg) and will be more influential as time goes on with the ear of CCP in a unique fashion, but that is another blog post for another day. I'm also ignoring the podcast listener which is a larger group due to the ease of listening to podcasts while doing other things.
So, we covered what Mittens got right. Everything else is wrong.
The "community" referenced by the Eve Report interviewer is conveniently defined by the questioner to a group he feels he can brush off easily, but any other definition of the Eve community includes podcasts, forums, in game channels, news sites, and radio stations as well as blogs and twitter. That "community" encases a significant amount of the eve population that is not so easily dismissed. This is called "changing the question".
Next, he calls the blogs and twitter an "echo chamber". Of course, should he spend any real time reading blogs and twitter he would quickly realize the diverse nature of the community represented leads to many disagreements and discussions that do not meet resolution, either about the nature of a ship fitting, the power of a particular class, or the effects of a large coalition or mechanics change. We are not some uniform blob praising the attributes of CSM5 in relgious fervor. However, its easier to dismiss any dissenting opinion of the "community" if we're treated like sock puppets of a few.
If there is any echo chamber to watch out for, its CSM6 with its "working towards unified front" and made up of all null sec residents.
Finally we come to the most egregious statement: "eve bloggers don’t seem to have much to do with nullsec". Well, without looking at my subscribed feeds I can name ten blogs/blog authors that are written by either current or former null sec residents:
Orakkus - 2nd Anom From the Left
Noise - Phoenix Diaries
Mansai - A Mule In Eve
Letrange - Letrange's Eve Blog
PK - Aggressive Tendencies
Easley Thames - Easley Thames
Parasoja - Eve FAIL Posting
Hallen Turrek - A Merry Life And a Short One
Rixx Javix - Evoganda
The Mittani - Sins of a Solar Spymaster (call it a column if you want - its regular, about whatever you want, and on the web; in other words, a blog)
That's just off the top of my head. I think, in fact, if you went through and divided the 600 eve blogs by where their author currently lives, you would find the ratios would match to the population distribution of Eve players pretty closely. Just a hunch.
However, its much easier to dismiss bloggers if you lump them up as low sec pirates or high sec carebears who don't know how the real game works in null sec.
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To be fair, I'm not convinced this was a calculated attempt to brush off all opinion of bloggers and twitter users. I suspect its a case of confirmation bias in such that he looks at the "community" and its average opinion and sees that it disagrees with his version of reality, thus he subconsciously dismisses them due to reasons he stated and any evidence that supports his opinion gets noticed and any that disproves it gets disregarded. This is a common occurrence in politics, religion, science, hell everywhere. Of course, one has to be careful about delving the motivations of anyone as good at the metagame as Mittens is.
As for CSM6, I think he is going to be an excellent chair and that the council as a whole will accomplish much in their term. I am worried that CCP might turtle up if they go in to gangbusters, but I'm optimistic that a null sec leader with accolades and accomplishments such as the head of Goonswarm can boast will know when its time for diplomacy and when its time for slapping heads.