I have no illusions about CSM members being able to wield the power of real life politicians. So politicians can't, won't or don't wield the power of real life politicians. Any one running for CSM, in this new "age" of CSM influence with CCP, that makes promises like they are a politician, is no one worth supporting for the CSM.
CSM members are advisors and message-passers. If CCP is going to do something, the CSM says "hey, that's a bad fucking idea", or they say "it's a good fucking idea". When information makes it out through the NDA filter, the CSM passes it on to the interested player base. When some players have an idea or concern, and they think it's getting smothered in all the bullshit and whitenoise of the "official" forums, they can bounce it off the CMS members for passage on to the lofty heights of Iceland. In theory, if CCP is going to plan something, hopefully they might deign it advisable to bounce it off the CSM members, who in their hopefully broad knowledge base of player gameplay, would be able to give them timely and informed pinions on what the player base might think. At least, this is my "take" on what the CSM is and based on that take, I have a few criteria for who I think is worth a vote or 3.
Anyone who neither understands or accepts all the styles of play, of all the players in Eve, has no right to be on the CSM. If they are too fucking stupid to understand that all play styles have allowed Eve to remain financially viable, mostly . . . so far, is too fucking stupid to represent the player base.
Anyone who doesn't understand that ALL the players represent financial security for the Eve game, is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM.
Any mouth breather who parrots the a business killing and brainless meme like "HTFU or go back to <insert clever kids' game here>, is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM. This is closely tied to the point above.
Anyone who think that you HAVE to associate with other people to play Eve, is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM.
Anyone who thinks that Eve is "all about pvp", is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM.
Anyone who thinks all players need to be draggin out of high sec and/or NPC corps and turned into pvpers is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM.
Anyone who thinks that fucking up high sec to "drive/force" players to move to low or null sec, is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM.
Anyone that thinks that there is some imaginary "majority" that plays in null sec, is too fucking stupid to be on the CSM. At ANY TIME, all anyone has to do is hit F10, and turn on either docked up pilot statistics, or current players in space, and it only takes a double digit IQ to be able to see where the MAJORITY of the dots live. If someone can't figure that out, they're too fucking stupid to be on the CSM.
In the past, lots of people have been representing some type of play, or play style. That flew in the past because the most vocal part of the player base, is usually the most aggressive, and that is usually the pvp crowd. That has been no different than just about any MMO I've played since the days of Ultima Online, Everquest and Asheron's Call. The most vocal, are usually a minority, like on fora. Voter turn out is low enough that organized entities can easily get a representative on the CSM. The high sec players usually have the least or no representation, and yes, even with the one we currently have, she is pretty much completely fucking useless. Not even worth the effort to Google her name. A lot of high sec players don't vote, and don't care about the CSM or the meta game, because they just "play" a game. They are casual players. Eve is a part time distraction, little more. As such, they have little interest in Eve politics. In null sec, where being part of a herd is part of play, and also pretty much a necessity, it's not hard to organize a few thousand votes to get elected. Same with tighter communities like wormholes. While wormholes have the smallest percentage of active accounts, they are capable of electing their own representative to the CSM. Faction warfare, mercenaries, you name it, all aggressive play styles and all able to represent their style of play on the CSM. Even high sec corps like Eve University managed to get their man on the CSM, but he hasn't really represented high sec, mainly the new player experience I think. No true high sec voice or opinions have been expressed by any CSM member, or even CCP member, aside from the new CCP dev who finally noticed that high sec, pve players, also pay for accounts. Only took 10 years for that news flash.
If a CSM candidate only plans to represent their little herd, like Mittens did for his mouth-breathers, that's a fine strategy (maybe) for the old CCP plan of focusing on a major item to patch. With the new CCP plan of making small changes, over a broad range of game content, I think a new age of more open, and more general mindsets is required to match that. Having an interest in one facet of game play is fine, but to the exclusion and prejudice of all others, is stupid. I think with this new CCP plan for their game updates, we're going to see more general interest CSM candidates get voted in. Sure, special interest groups will still likely get their guys in, like null sec, faction warfare, and wormholes, but I think players with a more rounded whole-game view will get in as well.
A bigger view is what I'm looking for. An adult view. A long term view where all players' game play is included in Eve plans and where it's understood that getting the non-asshole players out in the MMO universe, to join Eve, is a smart goal.