I truly think CCP is afraid of me.
Either that, or they’re sick of what a pain in the ass I must be to them.
The story thus far…
I wanted to run for CSM 5. I knew Mynxee was running, and we speak often about the trials, tribulations, victories and frustrations she has endured as CSM 5 president. I think she’s done an amazing job, and set the bar very high for any that wish to continue her legacy. Anywho…
I wanted to run for CSM 5. I submitted my application, and was rejected. When I petitioned and demanded an explanation, it turned out that I had received fraudulent ISK. That was news to me. At the time, the Capsuleer iPhone application for EVE Online was doing very well, with around 60,000 users. PyjamaSam and I were even occasionally receiving ISK donations from players for our efforts. Apparently, one of those donations was with ill gained ISK. The Capsuleer Accounting character, of course, had split the donation 50/50 between PyjamaSam and Roc Wieler. Capsuleer Accounting was a lifetime free account I had received during a promotion for the initial boxed version of EVE Online with EB Games managers.
It was literally the fight of my life to get my account unbanned, and while Roc Wieler continues to live and breathe to this day, the free lifetime Capsuleer Accounting account was removed. It was the best I could make of the situation, and frankly, the alternative was worse.
I swear though, that sometimes I wonder if CCP is so crippled by lack of consistent internal policies and is devoid of internal communication that it’s virtually impossible for them to make the right decision when it comes to ascertaining the truth of a situation.
Don’t even get me started on Capsuleer.
Fast forward to the call for CSM 6 candidates.
I submitted my application on the first day the call went out only to find through the automated system that my application was denied. The reason? Affliates of CCP are not eligible to participate in the CSM.
I’m an affiliate? Again, news to me.
It got me to some quick thinking about my level of involvement with CCP. What had I done in the last year that would’ve classified me as an official affiliate? Was it the NDA I signed when we began negotiations with CCP in regards to Capsuleer? I didn’t think so.
What else could it have been?
Then it dawned on me that only two months ago I had applied, and was accepted as an official fan site of EVE Online here at Roc’s Ramblings. But that really shouldn’t make a difference, should it? I did a quick scan of the official fan sites listed. I saw many names of previous CSM members, as well as the current CSM 5 president, Mynxee on that list.
So where was the precedent for this?
I immediately initated communication with CCP to find out what the deal was. Something I should mention is that if you are accepted as an official fan site, you are classified as a media site, and as such, get one free year on your account.
CCP Diagoras was kind enough to point out that was the reason my application was rejected. The system flagged me as a free account, pretty much the same as a trial account, which also cannot apply, and with good reason.
My understanding then was this: You can work hard at promoting EVE Online through your blog, bring passionate opinions and stories about New Eden to those that might not yet have had the opportunity to experience our wonderful game, and while you are rewarded with a complimentary year, which is nice, you are denied other avenues to express your opinions, or to improve the overall quality and direction of EVE itself.
To me, it showed a flawed approach to the CSM. I mean, Mynxee’s blog is listed, so she must’ve received a free year, right? And yet she ran for CSM, so where is the precedent for this “ruling” ?
So I’ve been working with/against CCP Diagoras in this matter, seeking resolution. I pointed out the flaws in logic, only to be repeatedly told that there is no impartiality, and that no CSM member, past or present, was able to apply for CSM while under their complimentary year of EVE Online.
The simple answer must seem to be that I simply ask for my blog to be removed as a media account, but that doesn’t seem right to me. I worked hard for that status. Why should I be penalized for my efforts?
I did ask if that status could be suspended, then reinstated pending the results of the CSM, but there was no reply to that. I also asked that since my media account status started during the middle of a paid subscription period if I would be entitled to the remaining time on my paid subscription should the media account status be revoked. No answer to that.
As it stands, CCP Diagoras is going to discuss my situation with the CSM body this coming week. CSM members also receive complimentary play time during their tenure. There is the possibility that my media account reward status can be transferred to my alt account, thereby allowing Roc Wieler to apply for the CSM. I am agreeable to that. I hope the CSM are as well.
I truly believe I have a lot of industry related experience, as well as a fierce passion and dedication to bring to the CSM table.
If anyone ever thought politics was easy, they would be dead wrong. I haven’t even managed to apply for this political position yet, and look at the hoops I’ve had to jump through to even get this far.
Part of this ordeal makes me think that perhaps I’m suicidal to want to be involved in this. A bigger part of me believes that it just reinforces the need for someone of my caliber to step up and continue to hold CCP accountable for their actions as Mynxee has.
I guess we’ll find out together.