What led DJ FunkyBacon to defend his honor over the weekend wasn't his lack of transcription production. Neither was it that his name is never mentioned as a hard working or productive member of CSM 9 in all the interviews I hear. Apparently, those supporters he values don't care about things like that. What they did care about was that he did not bother to participate in a dev blog in which 7 of the 14 members of CSM 9 gave their thoughts about their experience over the course of the term.
I realize that "bother" is kind of a loaded term, but that is the word DJ FunkyBacon used in his blog post. To put the word into further context, here is exactly what he posted:
"I can't speak for the other 6, but for myself, I've been so disillusioned with the entire process this year that I didn't bother. It's simply not worth it, and the amount of fucks I have left aren't enough to go through the effort to write something to hand to CCP so they can 'clean it up' and drop it on an official dev blog that might get as much traffic as my blog when I don't write anything new for 3 months."Then, though his initial post he then proceeded to echo many of points of criticism that Sion contributed to the guest dev post that caused Funky to write his CSM 9 review post in the first place. All I can say is, if Sion's words were "cleaned up", then I wonder what the first draft looked like? All sarcasm aside, I think the dev blog shows the difference between the two critics of the current CSM process. Sion continued the fight to make CSM function while Funky gave up on the process sometime by November at the latest, and arguably as early as September when he chose not to contribute to the minutes production process.
Funky stated in his latest blog post today that no one called him out on any of his facts. While doing so is hard due to the NDA, I'll dispute one assertion the Funky made. He stated:
"For 2 weeks per year, during the summits, the CSM matters."Of course, when I hear about efforts like Sugar Kyle's work on PvE little things and corbexx' successful effort to convince CCP to give some love to the lower-class wormholes, I begin to doubt assertions like that.
He then went on to complain about the lack of communication between CCP and CSM. A valid concern brought up by several members of the CSM, not only in the guest dev blog Funky didn't feel like contributing to, but in many interviews and blog posts since. A concern so great, in fact, that the issue was addressed in the first session of the Winter Summit. In that session, CCP granted the CSM access to Confluence, its internal development wiki. When I listened to Sion's Cap Stable interview, he seemed, if not happy, then satisfied that CCP was moving in the right direction to address the communications issues. Apparently, Funky is not so easy to mollify.
Or perhaps Funky, having given up on the CSM process months ago, only paid attention to what interested him during the summit and skipped the rest. That might explain why, in his second post, he believed that the CSM's use of Confluence was an NDA'd matter. I may have fallen under the spell of that evil Goon Sion, but I couldn't help but think of Funky as I listened to Sion's interview yesterday. One particular point came to mind when I reread Funky's second post. Sion stated that many CSM members hide behind the NDA more than CCP does. Is Funky one of those members? Funky's slip sure gives that appearance.
I just want to address one last point that makes me feel a little better about my CSM 9 endorsements. At least I placed both Sugar Kyle and Mike Azariah ahead of DJ Funky Bacon. I thought, going into the election, that he had the same attitude as those two. The following passage from Funky's first post shows I was wrong:
"Between the summer summit and the release of the minutes, I bashed my face into a proverbial brick wall to get a compromise on the highsec awox nerf and got nowhere. Minutes were released, myself and others wrote some blogs about the issue, and a bit of backlash hit. A couple weeks later I joined CCP Fozzie on DJ Big Country's show on Eve Radio where it was FINALLY revealed that CCP was considering making intra corp aggression a toggle. I wanted to scream in frustration because I'd been advocating that for months at that point, and to think I could have skipped 2 months of frustration and just jumped on the issue when the minutes went public was the last straw. The fact is, CCP might hear what the CSM has to say, but they heed the community mob."Having watched Sugar Kyle and Mike Azariah in action, those two worthies would have exclaimed, "Yes!", checked the matter off on their to-do lists, and gone off to find another dragon to fight. Okay, they probably would have grumbled, but I think CCP has to worry when EVE players stop grumbling. But EVE is a target-rich environment and I know both of them have notebooks full of input from players to address. From my position on the outside looking in, Funky got disgusted and quit on the process even though he got what he wanted. Not something I want to see from a candidate I endorsed.
Now, I could continue dumping on Funky, because he sure gave me enough softballs to hit. But when you point at someone, you usually point 4 fingers (or 3 fingers and a thumb) at yourself. Hey, I told people that DJ FunkyBacon was a good person to vote for. I don't know how much my endorsement was worth, but he did get elected. By all accounts, the most charitable thing I can say about his term as a member of the CSM is that he was not a standout performer. So for this CSM election, I need to take more care in vetting the candidates and make better recommendations.