Monday, January 7, 2013
Static DED Sites, Lowsec, and a Failure of the CSM
Problem here though is that these static DED sites were being used by various lowsec pirate groups as locations for controlled battles. They were size restricted, thus specific fights in specific hulls could be sought out. You could stage frigate fights without worrying about cruisers and battlecruisers being dropped on top of you.
Sugar Kyle wrote about this very issue back when the Retribution patch notes were released. If it wasn't for her and a bunch of pirates complaining very loudly on the forums, CCP likely would not have looked deeper into the issue.
CCP Fozzie, a dude so newly removed from being a PvP player that he still very much cares about PvP issues, decided to bring this lowsec loss to the attention of those people that could deal with it. In particular, CCP Bettik. Today Fozzie wrote a forum post, detailing a possible solution for lowsec pirates, asking for their feedback. The solution isn't a "slam dunk it's gonna get done," but I like to think that when CCP takes the time to lay out a public design solution to a problem, it's a good bet that, as long as players don't scream that they hate it, it's something that has an 80+% chance of getting done.
Which brings us to the current CSM. Of course, they're all over Twitter and the forums, right now, taking credit for this "possible" change. Hyping up their push with CCP to get things done, to get pirates back their PvP havens. The thing is, though, they didn't catch the problem to begin with. They failed to realize that removing DED 1/10 and 2/10 sites was even an issue (other than to solve exploration site farming.)
In a recent post of mine, I asked folks if they were happy with who they voted for last March. A comment of mine, and a couple other comments focused on Hans Jagerblitzen. I wrote honestly. I voted for Hans. I do not think I wasted a vote. The faction warfare we have now, is basically his vision. He worked hard to see that vision realized. The system is not perfect, but it's better than what faction warfarers had pre-Inferno, and it's far better than what they had post-Inferno. The Retribution modifications work reasonably well, and Hans should be proud of his accomplishment.
That said, I do not think Hans should run for CSM8. I simply do not think he brings anything to the table beyond a deep knowledge and passion for faction warfare. A number of people disagree with me, they feel that Hans would continue to make a great lowsec and pirate representative.
Hans is not a pirate. Not by a longshot. Simply having a secstatus below -5.0 does not make one a pirate. I have a -9.3 secstatus. I would not consider myself a pirate. I'm simply a faction warfare dude that shoots neutrals. Quite a lot. That's all Hans is. A faction warfarer that'll fire upon anything not blue, not green and not purple.
Which is why he didn't catch the DED 1/10 and 2/10 problem. He didn't recognize what pirates would be losing with the removal of those sites. Because he is not a pirate. He's not familiar with their concerns. If he were a pirate, familiar with their gameplay, he would have recognized what removing static DED sites would mean for lowsec PvP. He would have asked for, demanded, course correction back when the CSM were presented with the upcoming change, when there was still time alter, massage, the development criteria.
As it stands, he and other CSMers railed against those changes after the fact. After the patch notes were released. After the release of Retribution. Only when the problem was brought to their attention by the players. And even then, Fozzie too saw the complaints on the forums, and commented on them in early December. He didn't need the CSM to draw his attention to the issue. Fozzie saw it himself.
Whereas the CSM will claim this a victory, it was really their failure that we're at a point where CCP even has to patch the issue, to fix it, to solve it. If the CSM had a proper lowsec/piracy candidate, this would have been caught well before Retribution was released. An appropriate lowsec/piracy CSM member would have immediately known what ramifications there would be to removing those static sites from lowsec.
So, Hans did good work in 2012. He worked hard. But being a hard worker does not bequeath anyone with knowledge outside their strength and base. Hans' time is over. Faction warfare is no longer on the table for development next year. That was his only strength, his base, the thing he brought to the party. If lowsec residents, if pirates, want representation come CSM8, they best be searching for someone who recognizes more about lowsec than just faction warfare.