Well, my campaign thread (here) has started moving. Mainly one or two folks who disagree with my stand on one thing or another. But I wanted to start setting a few points out, kind of setting the stage before the main event. This is because a few folks over the past few days have struck me with their ignorance of what the CSM is.
“A popularity contest.” Well yeah, in the most basic way that is what ALL elections are.
“A free trip to Iceland” Um, I am not sure I can afford another ‘free trip’. This is time off work, sideline expenses, and of course hitting the bar every night (and Iceland is expensive) Not that I am knocking it, I have enjoyed every trip I have taken to there.
“Unpaid Devs” Although there are people on the council who can code (Steve, Ali to name two of the current ones) we are not hired to code, design or map out the future. We don’t write the Roadmap. We, at best, help copilot. And the curves are coming fast, these days.
“Spies/leaks” Accusations of members taking NDA material back to their lords and masters has been around since the start. Prove it? THAT is another story.
“PR trick” There has GOT to be a better way to get press than go through all the elections for so many years if we were just a publicity stunt. They have listened to us in the past and they will continue to do so in the future. As long as we don’t screw up.
“Play-testers” You are welcome to go onto Sisi and be one. You will sometimes see things before I do.
“In the know” Seriously, we do NOT get to see everything ahead of time. Art does not send us their rough sketches and not all teams feel obligated to show us what is coming next. And they don’t have to. We are stakeholders in ONE team and making contacts on the others. So sometimes we are as surprised as you are. At times . . . I like that but then I don’t shake presents under the tree, either.
If you are thinking of running. If you want to present as someone with a reasonable talking knowledge of the CSM please take a bit of time and read the Minutes. Maybe more than one set of them. Talk to a CSM and pick their brain, maybe talk to more than one of them. Most of us will answer questions as long as it does not cross the NDA boundaries.
My favourite quote from my thread so far and my answer?
Schmata Bastanold wrote:I don’t think I will vote for you this time. Reason? If there was no CSM tag next to your picture I would have no idea you still are in CSM.
Out of curiosity, whom do you know to be on the CSM and how did you find out?
It could be argued that I am one of the more outgoing CSM members this season. Between forums, podcasts, blogging, twitter, what medium were you looking for, direct mail?
Fly it like you won it