I have run is 5 Elections, damn if I didn’t manage to get elected last time but if you take this as the bible of winning you need a lot more help than I can provide. But if you want some lessons that were learned the hard way . . . . read on.
Step 1) Decide that you want to run.
Steps 2-11) Change your mind
Step 12) Post candidacy thread in Jita Park. (Mine is here) In I suggest you include: Who you are in game. Game experience. Who you are out of game and why that would ever matter. Highlight things you feel are important. Try not to promise to MAKE CCP LISTEN or Changes you will force. (Because it doesn’t work that way)
Step 13) Wait for a reaction from the forum folk. It usually comes in one of a few flavours, listed below.
- You are ignored with only the podcasters tossing a desultory invite to be on one of their interview shows
- You get all your buddies in your corp to +1 and ‘gonna vote for him’ with absolutely nothing else asked or said. Keeps you bumped but that is it.
- You get a few well thought out or probing questions from curious or potential voters. (These I love, it gives you a chance to shine)
- You get someone who has decided that you are BAD and they proceed to try to derail your campaign, have you banned from the game and hunted down like the rabid dog you are.
- You get actual endorsements from people that other people will listen to. People who give good reasons to vote for you and not just ‘+1′ HOPE and PRAY for this to happen
- You get tempted to use an alt to make ‘3’ happen. If there is ANY chance you will be caught . . . don’t. Forum warriors are very very adept at spotting alts.
- Derailment. Some other issue takes over what was supposed to be your campaign thread and three pages are spent talking about some single game issue and not actually involving you in the conversation.
Step 14) Campaign trail. Talk to your corpmates, your alliance, people in fleets you fly with, channels you are a regular in. If there are no people in any of the above cases who the hell do you expect to vote for you? Remember those podcast invites? Take them up on it. Get your name out there. Become Known (or better Known) Fill out various voter match polls.
Step 15) Network. With the STV vote (see link below) you do not have to be first on every ballot but you need to be on a lot of them. Connect with other candidates you think you can work with. Cross endorse. You encourage your people to put them on a ballot and they will do the same for you with their supporters, you both win.
Step 16) Don’t give up. Even if you lose. Trust me on this more than any other step in this list. If you brought forward issues, if you engaged in debate, if you got people to vote . . . you made a difference, win or lose.
All through the process: Do Your Homework. Read, peoples threads, dev blogs, Features and idea, summit minutes. Listen to podcasts, radio shows, twitch streams and tournament commentators.
- Learn how STV really works
- Read election analysis of CSM8 final results (many versions if you have the stomach for it)
- Read the CSM White paper (although its connection with current reality is tenuous)
- Know what you know and what you need to learn and do NOT depend on a sure thing. Only a few candidates have that luxury and if you are one of them then you probably didn’t even bother reading this far down.
fly it like you won it
oh, and if you can have your people add my name onto their ballot? That would be great. Mike Azariah
oh, and I would love some comments or questions on my Forum thread. Or below is fine, too.