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Regarding the CSM7 Chairmanship:

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The Mittani
State War Academy
Caldari State
#1 - 2012-03-28 20:58:31 UTC  |  Edited by: The Mittani
Though I have received many letters of support (my inbox is full of these, and for them I thank you) and the major bloggers have called for me to remain on as Chair, there are still some who doubt the sincerity of my apology to the player concerned, who - unlike those attempting to make hay from my mistake - is the person that matters here. I said that I would resign; to demonstrate the sincerity of my words and my apology, I will do just that.

With the increasingly high profile of the CSM in the wake of the Incarna Emergency Summit and the amazing turnout we had for the CSM7 elections, I have come to the conclusion that my two roles in EVE - that of the Chairman of the CSM as Alexander Gianturco, and the leader of Goonswarm as "The Mittani" are increasingly incompatible. It is, fundamentally, a problem of hats.

As the leader of Goonswarm I must be willing to make ruthless decisions and take actions that many players find objectionable - griefing, ganking, scamming, 'dishonorable' fleet tactics, espionage, metagaming, blowing up everyone who tries to mine Gallente Ice, sponsoring Hulkageddon, et cetera - whatever it takes to defend my people in this, the most exceedingly hostile galaxy to grace the internet. As Darius JOHNSON, the previous Goonswarm leader once said, "[Goonswarm] is not here to destroy /the/ game, but /your/ game.

Yet as Chairman of the CSM and Alexander Gianturco, I need to put a good face on CCP's experimental player democracy and keep my nose clean. Inevitably, these two roles conflict with one another; when Goonswarm does what it does in EVE, this reflects on the CSM as a whole, purely due to my position as both Chairman and alliance leader. If I abandon the brutalist tactics of an alliance leader in hopes of keeping the CSM's image pristine, I hamstring my people ingame and do a disservice to the line members who rely on me. In addition, the enemies of Goonswarm assault the CSM and CCP itself unfairly due to the in-game actions of our alliance.

After the successful restructuring of CCP, I am convinced that most of the hard work of the CSM is already done - CCP is now focusing on spaceships instead of avatars, and the success of CSM6 has led to a solid and competent crop of player representatives in CSM7 with a much greater turnout, demonstrating ever-more faith and trust from the playerbase in the concept of the CSM. This changes things for the CSM, as well as the Chairman title

During Goonswarm's highly successful Gallente Ice Interdiction there were calls for my resignation as Chairman; those calls increased when Goonswarm began to use false supercap sales as a method of closing the gap between us and our in-game enemies' supercap fleets. We are now planning an attempt to destroy Jita itself. All of these actions are entirely legitimate within the brutal world of EVE, yet, in the coming months, if I continue to hold the title of Chairman, CCP will be enduring one PR nightmare after another as Goonswarm's in-game actions unfairly reflect back upon the CSM as a whole through the Chairman title. It is increasingly important that the Chair be a ‘good citizen’ in the game itself - and I cannot be a good citizen and simultaneously lead my alliance of magnificent bastards.

With CSM7's term beginning on April 4th, I now exercise my right as the winner of the election with 10,058 votes to decline the office of Chairman. It will then be up to CSM7 as a group to decide how to proceed regarding the Chair. As a member of the CSM without a title, what I do as the leader of Goonswarm will no longer unfairly reflect on the CSM as a whole - leaving me and my people free to do as we please without needing to consider corporate, political, or media ramifications every time we make a **** joke, offend someone, or sell a supercap made of vapor.


Lenrir Andven
Republic Military School
Minmatar Republic
#2 - 2012-03-28 21:01:17 UTC
o7 Mittani
Blawrf McTaggart
Imperial Academy
Amarr Empire
#3 - 2012-03-28 21:01:28 UTC  |  Edited by: Blawrf McTaggart
Truly, for what it is truly worth, I think those that have acted despicably here - in this scenario - are not the members of Goonswarm or the Clusterfuck or Mittens himself, but those that have nurtured this little pearl of hatred for Mittens. The people who have acted despicably are not those who have spoken jesting comments about Mittens' words at fanfest, or about some pathetic threat of meta-suicide, but those that have used this thing for political gain.

The despicable I name as people like Jade Constantine, Darius III, Issler Dainze.

You are reprehensible examples of humanity. You are disgusting, hate-filled monstrosities who are ready to use the publicised mental instability of an unfortunate person in order to get a leg up over someone who has angered you so.

I pity each and every one of you.
Two step
Aperture Harmonics
#4 - 2012-03-28 21:01:38 UTC
I don't think this decision is the best one for the game, but it is Mitten's decision to make, and I support him 100%. What he is doing is what he thinks is best for the game as a whole, which is what he has been doing during the entire CSM 6 term.

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Alavaria Fera
#5 - 2012-03-28 21:01:42 UTC
Supercap 3rd party of my heart~

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Darius III
Interstellar eXodus
The Initiative.
#6 - 2012-03-28 21:02:09 UTC  |  Edited by: Darius III
This is a cynical half hearted gesture that rings very hollow. You have brought disgrace on the CSM, CCP and the Eve community in general. While I suppose it is "better than nothing" it does not undo the damage you have caused us all. Stepping down entirely is the only way to remove the stain of your poor judgement.

I ask you to look beyond your power mad aspirations and do the right thing for us all: Step down from the CSM so that we can begin the healing process and get some closure. Mainstream gaming media will adore you for it and the players will rejoice. Merely abdicating the Chair is a token gesture that will be viewed with cynicism not from just your detractors, but by everyone who is familiar with who your really are. I am outraged that you think this does anything to address the severity of what you have done to us all.

Instead of this token gesture, if in fact this what you think will atone for what you have done-do something meaningful and quit the the Council completely so that the CSM may once again enjoy the respect of the player base. I urge you to take into account the bigger picture and for once-do the right thing. Your full resignation is the one and only this that will set this right.

Soon in this thread you will see many goonies posting like mad, suggesting there was an NDA breach in CSM6, which of course CCP denied, dont let them turn this into something about ME this is about how Mittani's apology was not sincere, about how he cares nothing for the overall health of Eve, and just shows how empty his apology is.

In B4 1,000 goon alts post support and make laughable accusations about something NDA something that was shown to be untrue and denied by Dev post.

PS This is but a minor defeat for Mittani, but the goonies are going to howl all night. Like music to my ears.


Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#7 - 2012-03-28 21:02:18 UTC
The Mittani for CSM8 Chairman.
Ines Fy
#8 - 2012-03-28 21:02:35 UTC
my CEO
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#9 - 2012-03-28 21:02:36 UTC
The Mittani will always be the King of Space. Next year, CSM8 Chairman Vile Rat.
Koby Botick
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#10 - 2012-03-28 21:02:39 UTC
Command me to destroy Jita in your stead, my lord.
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#11 - 2012-03-28 21:02:43 UTC
The CEO we deserve.
Gallente Federation
#12 - 2012-03-28 21:02:44 UTC
Chairman in spirit
Omni Defense Corp.
#13 - 2012-03-28 21:02:45 UTC
Much Monkey Love for the Mittens!

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hfo df
Ramm's RDI
Tactical Narcotics Team
#14 - 2012-03-28 21:02:47 UTC
Scatim Helicon
State War Academy
Caldari State
#15 - 2012-03-28 21:02:51 UTC
The Mittani wrote:
We are now planning an attempt to destroy Jita itself.

It is on, yo

Every time you post a WiS thread, Hilmar strangles a kitten.

Gallente Federation
#16 - 2012-03-28 21:02:59 UTC
Kitfox Mikakka
School of Applied Knowledge
Caldari State
#17 - 2012-03-28 21:02:59 UTC
Sad you're declining the chairmanship, but glad you're sticking with the CSM and the CFC. Thanks, Mittani.
Federal Navy Academy
Gallente Federation
#18 - 2012-03-28 21:03:02 UTC
like this post
knobber Jobbler
State War Academy
Caldari State
#19 - 2012-03-28 21:03:06 UTC
Two Step for CSM Chairman!
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#20 - 2012-03-28 21:03:06 UTC
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