You may have heard the rumors circulating about a potential James 315 candidacy in the next CSM election. I suppose it was predictable that this would happen, given the perennial complaints about a lack of highsec representation on the CSM. In my position as Saviour of Highsec and Father of the New Order, it was only natural that people would begin to look to me as a highsec representative, especially since I am the de facto voice of the highsec community already. EVE's most popular news website, TheMittani.com, publishes my columns in part because I can offer the perspective of a highsec resident, while most other writers live in low/null.
In any event, the idea of a James 315 candidacy caught fire and set the EVE-O forums alight this week. Beginning on this page of a massive thread about highsec CSM representation, posters began to debate the merits of my candidacy.
Many supported me wholeheartedly, but some doubted. Code violator apologist Asuri Kinnes was the chief forum warrior committed to attacking me, but she wasn't the only one.
With their enthusiasm unable to be bridled in a single thread, Petrus Blackshell created a new forum thread for the sole purpose of discussing and advocating for my candidacy. This thread quickly ballooned to twelve pages of replies at the latest count. Here's how Petrus opened the thread:
James 315 for CSM as hi-sec representativeThis thread also quickly led to a counter-thread started by Peter Raptor. The counter-thread thread was locked by the moderators so that the conversation could be concentrated in Petrus' thread. In the interest of fairness, here is the text of Peter Raptor's counter-thread OP:
tl;dr: The title.
James knows how hisec works and has written extensively on the psychological profile of hisec inhabitants, their activities, and how to improve hisec. He has also proven he is a man of action, not simply sitting behind his soapbox, but taking matters into his own hands and trying to make a change. His skill with written rhetoric, politically charged situations, keeping in touch with the community, and taking a stand for the area of Eve he lives in qualify him perfectly to serve on the CSM to advise CCP on matters pertaining to hisec space -- which the other CSM representatives so far may not have the background to actually do. James' presence on the CSM, or even his campaigning for CSM may serve as a wake-up call for hisec residents to actively participate in CSM elections.
Because of all these reasons, I unofficially nominate James 315 as a CSM candidate to represent hisec! Who is with me?
(This post is not endorsed by James, nor do I know if he is even willing to run for CSM; if/when you see this, James, please comment)
James 315 For CSM representing Hisec??? Surely you jest.The debate continues to rage. I've noticed that those who support me tend to take a more fact-based approach, while those opposed to me are more emotional.
Theres a thread supporting this. Ive decided to start a thread regarding the absurdity of this proposition.
The guy is obsessed with bumping hisec ice miners because he wants them to be at keyboard, staring like a zombie at their cargoholds for 40 minutes for hours on end, as they get filled with non-depleting ice roids.
This is public knowledge, because he advertises his unusual crusade in his signature.
I ask you, is that rational?
The discussions are interesting. They have also led to many people asking me about whether I intend to run for CSM. Let me be clear. I do not currently have any plans to run for CSM. When people talk about me as a potential CSM candidate, that is very flattering, and if called upon to serve of course I would have to consider that carefully. But I do not have any present intention to run. Right now, I am focused on doing the job that the people of highsec elected me to do, which is to serve as Saviour of Highsec and Supreme Protector of the various New Order territories.