I'll try and get the motivation for doing this out the way quite quickly because that is straight forward. I have come to loathe the CSM and haven't been shy about saying it. It should be torched for the reasons I laid out in Crossing Zebras back in January. It is only my opinion and I hadn't told people to vote or not vote or indeed shove a list of endorsements down anyone's throat for them to blindly follow. If turkeys want to vote for Christmas that is entirely their choice and one I respect. I'll just enjoy the "I told you so" meal later was my thinking. However it didn't work out that way.
Of all the Eve fora, Twitter is probably the most light hearted as well as being informative. It is the one I engage in most. When the CSM election started, there was naturally a lot of noise and even some excitement about it. But the tone quickly changed to one of calling people dumb and negative for not voting. Even CCP got in on the act. To be fair, much of it was tongue in cheek but the case for not voting is genuine and most people won't vote. Calling the majority of the playerbase dumb, is well just dumb. It was a voice that needed to be heard and I arrogantly decided to try and convey it.
If the CSM monster could change things, CCP wouldn't let us vote. This is why CCP NDA gag it. #dontvote #tweetfleet pic.twitter.com/eiR3wmmMgd— Syndicalist Kong (@LuoboteKong) March 8, 2016
Mobilize to defeat the ruling classes & their cruel jump clone taxes. Deny them your vote. Reject the CSM delusion. #rejectCSM #tweetfleet— Syndicalist Kong (@LuoboteKong) March 4, 2016
Play your game. Do not submit to the will of the bourgeois Eve elites. Deny them the oxygen of your vote #rejectCSM #tweetfleet— Syndicalist Kong (@LuoboteKong) March 3, 2016
You get the picture. Not exactly Marx's dialectic but he didn't have to contend with a limit of 142 characters. What then happened was interesting. What started as a grumpy guy sperging turned into more of a social observation. Most people ignored me initially for it was the utterings of a madman and hoping I would go away eventually. I expected this and I also expected to lose followers. But the opposite happened and I gained some. Nothing spectacular but more people were switched on than were switched off.
As I ploughed on people started to challenge me both seriously and in fun. But they were almost entirely from a very select group - CSM candidates and non aligned ones at that. Now they obviously have a vested interest. They are struggling to pick up scraps of non block votes. But the only counter argument they could put of any merit was that a non vote was vote for the blocks. But STV guarantees the Imperium and PL are going to get seats regardless so point is moot. But interestingly it was a popular view yet no one is campaigning in the manner I briefly did to appeal to the anti block vote. In fact most of the candidates seem to be talking to each other in the #CSM slack channel rather than campaigning to the electorate. I am really not sure where this complacency comes from. At no point did anyone defend the CSM as an institution or address the contrived points I was making. So most people just don't care (and will likely not vote) or they agree (and will likely not vote). No one is selling the CSM.
Step in CCP...
Hmm.. so why didn't they do that this year? CCP Guard comes to the rescue!EVE players: Ignore chatter to the contrary. An engaged CSM makes the game better for everyone. Vote here for #CSM11 https://t.co/ctvI81KAdE— Mark W / CCP Darwin (@mark_wilkins) March 4, 2016
Not an overwhelming response and unfortunately it turns out people are more interested in a pencils and pens than the CSM!
So much for putting the case for the CSM as an institution then. There was nothing for it then but to do CCP's and the CSM candidates job for them. I went for the jugular.
You will notice that CCP Fozzie deleted the message I retweeted. That particular tweet had been an extremely provocative message that directly undermined the role, work and purpose of the current CSM. The CSM complained bitterly about it yet it remained. Up until yesterday that is, when my stupid little campaign allowed him the opportunity him to reflect and delete it to replace it with this:CCP declares its devotion to the masses and guides us on the true path#dontvote #rejectCSM #tweetfleet https://t.co/Q8SoxT658L— Syndicalist Kong (@LuoboteKong) March 8, 2016
At little victory and my work is now done. The CSM has hope if attitudes change. But the onus is on you candidates. If I can achieve something - (a little something but something the CSM never achieved) with just 4 days ranting why can't you? Stop talking to each other get out the and make a fuss. Fight for your game and win the respect of your peers.@LuoboteKong Everyone should absolutely vote for the CSM. They're not the only feedback path but they're an important one.— CCP Fozzie (@CCP_Fozzie) March 8, 2016
Finally, a shoutout to Nosy Gamer who was almost the only person to tackle me full on and do it with humour. Vive La Revolution!