Since Crucible, and especially Inferno, I had thought EVE University had turned a corner. It looked like Kelduum had stopped obsessing over killboard stats, that he'd stopped manipulating his killboard to improve those stats. The Uni's lowsec camp was successful and going strong. They were being wardecced and the Uni's super-restrictive wartime standard operating procedures (WSOP) had stopped being a firm set of rules and became just a set of smart guidelines for players. It looked like maybe EVE University were becoming good citizens of New Eden, that they were climbing out of their insular shell and contributing to the experience of EVE Online across the board.
I may have been too quick to judge that sort of victory upon them. They are, ultimtely, a big bureaucratic mess. They have pages upon pages of rules. Their CEO still has entitlement issues as witnessed during the 317B ISK debacle. They still teach an overall strategy of risk-averse gameplay to the majority of their members, because their ranks are still chock full of risk-averse bittervets.
Today I received a kind note from one of the few unistas who has finally realized that being with EVE University has actually been a restriction to everything EVE Online had to offer him:
Hi! You don't know me. I don't really know you or even know a lot about you. I've recently started looking over your blog after I saw your posts regarding E-Uni on the eve forums.So, still lots of problems with the University and the types of players they are churning out. They're making some progress, but at a snail's pace. Thankfully, some players, through force of their own will, come to realize that there's so much more to EVE Online than EVE University ever let on.
I just wanted to say thank you for being vocal about your issues with the institution. I've been with E-uni since my first week of Eve and as a result of worrying about upsetting the higher ups by losing ships I essentially denied myself a lot of fun and spent the last 7.5 months logging in only to set a training queue or leave with the blob.
I would probably still be doing so if not for your enlightening post regarding the manipulation of Kill Mails, which frankly makes me somewhat ashamed to be even associated with the corp.
I just wanted to let you know at least one person appreciates how vocal you have been on this subject. I'm in the process of dropping corp and set on heading into null in an assault frig and getting some frags or being fragged. I really don't care which.
Fuck the haters who cry "whiner" they've their heads too far up their own arses to have an opinion on the matter.
Anyway sorry for wasting your time with this mail. It's probably pretty insubstantial to you. But I felt obliged to send it anyway. Maybe I'll blap you in null some time or the vice versa(more likely)
Thanks again and fuck the haters :D
TL;DR Thanks for calling out e-uni. Helped my decide to drop and enabled me to go have fun in null.