Mike tossed the bag to the corner knowing it would be a while before he properly unpacked and cleaned everything. “Ah’ll gets to it when I needs it.” He collapsed on the couch and slept.
Over the next few days he fielded the comms of transitional changes to the CSM, congratulations from his friends and supporters, and the usual traffic that a capsuleer receives. The decision to remove officers from the CSM and become just a broad working party as opposed to a hierarchy spawned a lot of reaction and Mike took it upon himself to face one segment of the media, specifically . . . the forums.
This lead to other threads and other discussions and the one that got the most mileage and had the best open discussion was on the topic of voter enfranchisement. Howe to increase voter turnout and whether it was even a good idea to try.
Congrats to all the people voted in.
It would be nice to see the number of people voting increased. With a little more effort I’m sure CCP could drum up more voters. Overall the process and the CSM seem to generally improve every year.
Just a few quick ideas off the top of my head. Some of them are real bad.
– big sign, always shown during the voting process on the launcher.
– in-game Email sent out to all active players
– something obvious on top of the forums
– flashy ads on the in-game billboards
– perhaps an in-game voting interface?
– perhaps a very minor incentive for voting? Fireworks, blue stained shuttle, forum title, etc
– perhaps improve the voting platform interface. Allow me to sort who I like and automatically link that list to the voting page. As I remember I had to keep tabbing back and forth between the platform page and the voting page.
– Oh yeah, Super-PACs lots and lots of Super-PACs. What use is all this ISK if we can’t attempt to influence the outcome. -Lady Zarrina
Mike had invited input and was glad to see a well written list. Some of the points were viable, others less so. For example he had met people who ignored the ‘launcher’ and bypassed it completely. But then he had also me someone who was only a pilot one month out of the year and still considered himself a capsuleer.
They have done all these things in the past like popups and evemails and the populace whined and moaned about being spammed ingame and having to click away popups on the screens of their 97 isboxed ice miners, etc. -Gin Alley
Mike grinned picturing a fleet all having to individually unblock their screens from the infomercial. “Yeah, dat might be bad.”
There’s a few things that CCP can do to encourage voting:
1. Send out an EVE Mail letting people know that the polls are open, and a second one as a reminder 48 hours before the polls close.
2. Put a short reminder at the character selection screen, again maybe once at the time the polls open and again as a reminder just before they close.
3. Have Hilmar do a video presentation (perhaps linked to either the EVE Mail or the character screen messages) of maybe 3 minutes, explaining why people should vote. The message should direct people to the CSM candidate forum so people who might not have looked at the forums before can easily see the various candidates platforms.
This message system would be a good opportunity to explain what positive, successful changes have been made within the game as a direct result of CSM/CCP collaboration and explain how the CSM is elected to represent people’s various playstyles. Obviously, make it clear that the CSM doesn’t set the game design direction, but act as a sounding board to try to make sure that when CCP come up with ideas, they’re going to get a good reception from the playerbase.
Or alternatively, do nothing and let us get most of our candidates on the CSM every year. That’s fine too. Arkady Romanov
Mike checked the alliance of the last and laughed, of course he was a goon. But he refused to ignore an idea just because of its provenience. A message from the ‘top’ might help. Or it might be ignored unless there was a promise of eastereggs inside of it.
If you don’t know an election is going on, who is going to show up and vote?
And if an election has been held and no one knew about it, how are you going to present your results as official?
Marketing is the cornerstone of making something official in non tyrannical governments, where the order is just handed down.
Marketing as in by definition, getting the word out, about *something*. Getting people together.
Maybe I just chose the wording poorly, but if you cannot get the word out about public events going on, you have a problem with the general population recognizing the result (as official) or just flat out not caring.
That, and the general lobbying going on. Just had no other word that best fits this mold.
That’s why democracies make for such strong capitalistic models. But I think we’re getting off topic here. :D- Darin Vanar
Mike shook his head. validity of results due to a low turnout WAS part of the topic. He frowned wondering if he could drag that old piece of mathematics out to determine what a minimum random sample size was needed for a sample to be valid. But then he remembered that the ‘random’ would be eliminated by the fact that this was a self selecting sample, not random. Not to mention the fact that he would need to use numbers not readily to hand. [edit: Yes, I am trolling/teasing you]
How can anyone even say nullsec versus hisec or lowsec as though those broad labels matter as much as secondary or tertiary labels? Does a highsec industrialist have more or less in common with a nullsec industrialist or a highsec ganker or a highsec mission runner? These are labels thrown around in an improper manner. I’m not saying representation is perfect, but just because someone may live in one place or the other doesn’t mean they don’t have more in common than a simple geographic label would imply.
Seriously, we’ve got to find a way to get past the myth that nullsec hates highsec “carebears”, espcecially to the point that nullsec candidates are seeking to destroy it. Without hisec, nullsec wouldn’t operate very well and vice versa. -Dirk MacGirk
Which is/was the biggest argument against labels. Much as people asked for ‘who are you’ labels on the ballots to ‘make it easier’ a man or woman was not one thing. Highsec did not mean you did not know how to shoot. Null did not make you a rabid PvP pilot. The span of styles was too wide for simplistic labels to have any meaning.
Mike had been a part of these debates for a while. He still held that education was a major issue and that too many pilots were not even aware of the issues or that the election even existed. “Ya cannot fight apathy IF they don’t even know that there is sometin to be apathetic about.” he muttered, closing the comm.
I enjoyed the thread that these came from. here
If you want to chime in there or here, feel free.
What can we do to increase INFORMED voter turnout? Make the election more representative?
fly it like you won it