So, I want to talk about Ripard's CSM narrative. The narrative where he runs the Council down as pseudo-subtly and as often as possible. He does this because he wants to be on the CSM. He's desperate for a position on the council. That desperation drips from every anti-CSM7 post he writes.
Ever since he lost at CSM6, ever since he decided not to run for CSM7 through an exceptionally long-drawn out series of posts, through all of that he still wants in the club. He craves the hell out of it. The caveat is that he won't run unless he feels he's guaranteed to win a seat (a natural response, I suppose), especially after losing to Darius III by a dozen or so votes at CSM6 (it does not get more embarrassing than that.)
The gameplan? Make CSM7 appear incompetent to the job they were elected for, nothing more than corporate stooges and mouthpieces of CCP, or only occupied with their own in-game interests (the 1% against the 99%.) The end result should be that there's no better man for the CSM than Ripard Teg. He would, of course, think different, would act different, and we would hail him as the Steve Jobs of Internet Spaceships. One of us will hurl a big fucking hammer through a movie screen to celebrate his re-invention of everything that is Council of Stellar Management.
My fun with hyperbole over, what is Ripard Teg saying about the CSM today?
I headed over to Failheap Challenge [FHC]. I hadn't visited their CSM section in a while and I was curious what the people there thought of it. Answer: they don't think anything about it. The last post in that section is a month old. There's nothing about it in the EVE General section, either. Their thread on the CSM Summit Minutes is 20+ pages of bitching about off-grid boosters and has very little to do with the Minutes.What does Failheap Challenge think of CSM7? They don't think anything about it. Full stop.
But that is not the narrative that will get Ripard elected. So, straight out of left field, he writes:
Taken as a collective group, FHC is firmly in the "CSM is a CCP mouthpiece" camp.Where did that nugget come from? Nothing he states he found on FHC (which is either nothing for the last month, or some angry comments about off-grid boosting) leads to that damning conclusion. Exactly how did his inference making machine spit out this startling, revelatory realization?
We've been reading Ripard's CSM7 rhetoric for the last couple months. Expect much more from Ripard as the year winds down, and as the CSM8 campaign season winds up. The more he writes about his perception of the CSM7, the more comments and evemails he receives from his fanbase: "You've got my CSM8 vote! o7 m8!" This girds him towards his goal.
There's the possibility Ripard might be a great CSM member. But the way he's going about it ... ugh!