wrote previously about Xander Phoena's intention to interview every CSM8 candidate that wants to be interviewed. I would go so far as to say, if they don't want to be interviewed, they're not worth the bother giving them a single vote.
My plan is to summarize, and give my own thoughts, on each of the interviews. I'm not going to summarize to the point that listening to an interview is no longer necessary. I'm not going to cover every detail of the interview, and will give broad strokes in many instances. If you're interested in a candidate, then head to Crossing Zebras to download the interviews.
This will likely be the shortest interview summary. Certainly the shortest by far. Without further ado, Xenuria, candidate for everyone, I think.
My impression of the overall interview, and Xenuria as a candidate, is going to be short. My first thought was that the interview, the types of answers Xenuria was trying to give, it sounded a lot like the Roc Wieler interview, almost as though Xenuria were cribbing all of the Roc's ideas, from his campaign thread to his interview. Xenuria is no Roc Wieler, though. Xen lacks the passion, the verve, and the charisma of Roc. He lacks the force of charisma that would convince me that he could accomplish what he says he wants to accomplish.
It's admirable that Xenuria is unafraid to have his life such an open book on YouTube, but those videos also reveal a very flawed individual. We're all flawed, in some way or another, but some people have a force of personality that can overcome certain weaknesses. I do not believe Xenuria possesses a confidence that can overcome even his most obvious difficulties.
Xenuria already has far too much history in this game, and most of it is not of a type that encourages the average player to follow his lead. As such, he would make a poor representative. He would likely be a distraction to the rest of the CSM, especially if he demanded (or forced himself into) the spotlight.
I've nothing against the guy personally. I don't know him. I've never interacted with him. He can live his life how he wants. He can choose to be who he wants. I simply do not see him being a capable CSM representative, and the interview only strengthened that opinion.
I think The Mittani's standing principle, to not get involved in the campaigns of other candidates, is a wise one. I wish more CSM candidates and representatives (past and present) would heed that principle.
I stopped by Xenuria's campaign thread on the EVE forums and was disappointed to see so many current CSM representatives, as well as current CSM candidates, taking potshots at the guy. Apparently this is how you win Brownie points with your peers in this game, attacking the easy target. Being the bully on an internet forum.
Kudos on your empathy towards another human being. Kudos on ganking the real-life Mackinaw. If you're seriously not threatened by his campaign, then you should probably ignore him and let him do his thing. In peace.
(The ISD locked (and then cleaned up) Xenuria's campaign thread ten minutes after I posted this. Coincidence? Maybe.)
This article is not a transcript of the interview. It's paraphrased. It's interpreted. It's sprinkled with my own opinions. I do strongly suggest taking thirty minutes out of your day to listen to the interview yourself.
Credit to Xander for the interview. At any rate, judge Xenuria for yourself.
At the very least, these moments have shown Xander to be an able interviewer, and while interested in being respectful to his guests, he's not interested in giving them a comfortable forum devoid of any challenges.
This series of interviews is definitely a first for the EVE community and a CSM election. It's certainly nothing we've seen before, not even during a CSM tenure. Xander has proven himself to be an able caretaker for this process.