I'm not sure if the period from the opening of candidacy for CSM to the actual voting opening was any different this time, but it sure felt that way. Most of that is how busy my RL has been, but it's also because my podcast feed wasn't full of CapStable interviews. Crossing Zebras has taken a shot at it between Ashterothi's interviews and the Declaration of War panels (yes, the tags on CZ weren't consistently applied, so just look around), but it's definitely no replacement for the massive amount of work that the CapStable guys put into this in the past - and which probably burned them out from doing it again this time. A big thanks to all of the media folks who got CSM interview information out there.
By the time I realized it was well underway I wasn't going to do my usual summary of the candidates (all 64 of them), particularly since information was spread over the meta. I don't have as complete a picture of the candidates at all, but it's time to get that voting in. I hate being under-informed about this, but I realized this was going to have to be a time-boxed exercise. So here are my top five candidates - arguments are welcome and may sway my vote by the time I get around to plugging them into the interface.
Scylus Black: I'm glad to see him getting out the word about factional warfare. Even if FW isn't coming up soon on the roadmap, having someone to advocate should help CCP understand the impact of their new features on FW. Perhaps it will even help get FW on a future roadmap. I'll be at Fanfest, hoping to hear good news.
Steve Ronuken: Look, does anyone ever doubt this guy should stay on CSM as long as he can stand it? He's probably the one CSM everyone agrees on.
Commander Aze: I didn't rate him highly last time around, but he's stuck with it and has been improving his message. I'm also feeling a lot of sympathy for the highsec folks, while feeling the nullsec bloc folks don't need my vote.
Jin'taan: The exception to that preceding sentence. I've been hugely impressed by his work to improve the communication coming out of the CSM. As a members of the Declarations of War podcast he has consistently asked candidates what they will do to make the CSM better. This is the change in mindset that we need and I'm hoping he'll continue to help make happen.
Suitonia: He's clearly got a great understanding of the details of ships used in small gang work (which is where I like to play). Having at least one such CSM is probably good, though it sounds like he's been able to make a lot of contributions via direct contact from CCP as well as the focus groups. One note though - if you're going to link your blog from your candidate page, it's probably best if you've actually posted within the past twelve months.
After I get through those five I'm not really finding many other candidates on the list that compelling. Maybe Vic Jefferson (3rd time running, not much new info from my negative review last time)? Maybe Kalen Tsero (he wants to support lowsec but doesn't know FW mechanics and people?) Who else am I missing?