Here's a little piece of news that's sure to make you smile (if you're one of the good guys; scowls for everyone else): We've surpassed 577 billion isk worth of New Order shares sold! That's a milestone I've been looking forward to for a long time.
Ra'shan Demaleon purchased her very first 100 shares of New Order stock, taking us over the 577 billion isk mark. In doing so, she earned a Supreme Protector's Tip of the Hat™. That's how it's done, folks.
As long as I'm writing a post, some housekeeping on share purchase policy: As you may be aware, shareholders can transfer their shares to other EVE players or EVE corporations/alliances. There's a limitation, though. Dr Pumo recently ordered 100 shares to be sent to a CCP character. I have been informed that this is not appropriate gameplay; the same goes for GM and ISD characters. Surprisingly, this is the first time the issue has come up.
Since the New Order is a community of non-sociopaths who believe (with all their hearts) in following the rules, purchases made for CCP/GM/ISD characters are invalid. Other examples of invalid purchases would include those made on behalf of non-existent EVE players, etc.
In the event of an invalid purchase, shares are instead directed into the Permabanned Heroes of the Code account. Since Permabanned Heroes of the Code is a non-corporeal entity, those shares cannot vote or be accessed by EVE players. The account holds over 5.3 billion isk in New Order shares as of this post.
Similarly, shareholders who wish to abandon their shares without identifying a beneficiary will have their shares dumped into the Permabanned Heroes of the Code account. A few months ago, there was a case of an EVE player who disclaimed all present and future purchases made on his behalf--a fellow by the name of Veers Belvar. His shares were likewise automatically redirected to the Permabanned Heroes of the Code.
Hopefully this clears up any confusion.