Saturday, 19 March 2016


So... on the off-chance that I do get elected, I have written to our CSM-CONTACT address at CCP asking for more information about the first summit... at the moment the only information we have is: probably May.

Have to plan the timetable for May now... who works what weekends and nights. I have enough overtime that I could maybe take a week off... just need to know when!

If anyone gets or reads any more information... please let me know!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Local Chat

The elections are still open... so vote!

I have not blogged in a couple of days *cough* so here is something else I am pulling from my most fascinating and interesting campaign thread... campaign for the CSM elections, that is.


I said:

"...Local chat could also be changed to provide less free "intel" to people. No need to announce to everyone who is in local... just the number of pilots..."

In my forum thread someone said:

"...Why do you feel the "free intel" doesn't hinder gankers more than it helps them?  Miners or haulers will usually be at predictable places (ice anom, ore anom, belts, transiting gates).  On the other hand a gank fleet can hide out at any spot off-grid, but is easily seen in local..."

Which I did not really understand, but I responded....

"...Good question.

An answer is:

Gank fleets will usually have members that have a negative sec status and will therefore be at predictable places (eg docked up to avoid faction police...) and only undocking to gank. Then they will undock and attack. There are many systems where there are more anomalies and belts than stations..."


One of the things I have noticed, this year more than last, is that there are most definitely more sides to every story / idea.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Pop-Up Quickie

When I got online today, I got a notification and a pop up telling me about a competition for the billboards... and linking a Forum post by CCP Falcon.

Wouldn't it be great if they used this notification technology to remind people to vote in the CSM election? I am sure there is a large proportion of the player base that does not know what a CSM is.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A short jump in Minerbumping!

So, I joined the Minerbumping channel in the interest of fairness. I also joined their Alliance forums. Unfortunately I don't really get to discuss things.... just end up put down and stuff. Please compare this to the chat with the Anti-Ganking channel last year (see previous posts).

What fun!

[22:25:12] Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri > Jacques Olivier I believe, you have read Lorelei Lerendi's CSM program. For her, a "fair" gank should have a 50% chance of the victim getting away, based on some arbitrary mechanic of CONCORD travelling around the system.
[22:25:43] Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri > Korean-style randomness is where true carebears find solace. Nothing of certainty.
[22:26:19] Aaaarrgg > well since the vast majority of folk dont get ganked because they tank or are smart, id say 99.99% of folk get away already
[22:26:30] Jacques Olivier > ^
[22:27:28] Jacques Olivier > And frankly the majority don't get ganked because they simply haven't had the good fortune of drawing an Agent's attention
[22:27:38] Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri > It's failure to understand that the real battle takes place before the gank, not during it.
[22:28:00] Jacques Olivier > Understanding that would require actually knowing something about ganking
[22:28:10] Aaaarrgg > or EVE
[22:28:15] Superdude Ostus > /emote doesnt know anything about ganking
[22:28:57] 0MG its-code Aaaarrgg > wel tomorrow all the afk ppl get a buffed tank
[22:29:23] Pandorath > mehh
[22:29:25] Jacques Olivier > And logoff tank gets massively buffed
[22:30:49] Lorelei Ierendi > can't access the forums atm. is the patch really coming tomorrow?
[22:31:00] 0MG its-code Aaaarrgg > yes
[22:31:10] Lorelei Ierendi > great :/
[22:32:12] Pandorath > Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri this Lorelei Ierendi?
[22:32:56] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath yes
[22:32:57] Pandorath > how can someone running for CSM be so oblivious to mechanics
[22:33:04] Pandorath > are you stupid?
[22:33:13] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath ?
[22:33:21] Pandorath > 50% chance roll on a gank
[22:33:27] Pandorath > for the guy getting ganked to get away?
[22:33:36] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath what are you talking about?
[22:33:49] Pandorath > Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri > Jacques Olivier I believe, you have read Lorelei Lerendi's CSM program. For her, a "fair" gank should have a 50% chance of the victim getting away, based on some arbitrary mechanic of CONCORD travelling around the system.
[22:34:00] Lorelei Ierendi > oh that.
[22:34:03] Pandorath > yeah
[22:34:06] Pandorath > what is that
[22:34:10] Lorelei Ierendi > I'd suggest you read the thread
[22:34:30] Lorelei Ierendi > there is more to it than the CODE. version.
[22:34:31] Pandorath > well im past hoping on what eve CSM get us in a year
[22:34:39] Lorelei Ierendi > but CODE. is voting for Xenuria.
[22:34:39] Pandorath > this game will be fucked in a few months
[22:34:52] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath some ppl say it is already
[22:34:56] Pandorath > so no i wont read your CSM thread
[22:35:07] Lorelei Ierendi > yeah save yourself the time
[22:35:21] Pandorath > but if 50% chance of getting away is in any way real then you know nothing about ganking
[22:35:26] Pandorath > we already have a 50% roll on loot
[22:35:36] Lorelei Ierendi > ah
[22:35:39] Pandorath > thats enough random
[22:35:43] Lorelei Ierendi > but
[22:35:54] Pandorath > dice is fun?
[22:35:55] Lorelei Ierendi > there is no point discussing further
[22:35:59] Pandorath > right
[22:36:21] Lorelei Ierendi > because you are basing your comments based on something someone said about what I said. not actually about what I said.
[22:36:47] Lorelei Ierendi > which is funny
[22:36:48] Pandorath > ok il eyeball the thread
[22:37:08] Lorelei Ierendi > I've ganked. I even killed an orca once.
[22:37:17] Lorelei Ierendi > well... as part of a fleet
[22:37:28] Pandorath > i solo ganked freighters
[22:37:30] Lorelei Ierendi > well.... ok. I whored on an orca kill.
[22:37:55] Pandorath > bumps 8 dps freighter looting dst tagging etc
[22:38:13] Pandorath > so i guess salah misread it and its 50% chance of getting concorded?
[22:38:24] Lorelei Ierendi > keep reading
[22:38:32] Daxter Alabel > so much bitching in here, not enough killmails
[22:38:32] Pandorath > i dont think gankers getting away would do anything good
[22:38:44] Pandorath > id rather get killed every time
[22:39:05] Pandorath > law of averages would screw us because CCP would feel the need to compensate
[22:39:12] Lorelei Ierendi > well Id rather not get ganked with a concord squad sitting next to me. Id rather they were not there.
[22:39:13] Pandorath > it would still only introduce RNG into the ganks
[22:39:24] 0MG its-code Aaaarrgg > its what a csm dude wants, not whats gona hapen
[22:39:33] Pandorath > yeah
[22:39:33] Jacques Olivier > Look, you can't talk about CONCORD and realism
[22:39:34] Lorelei Ierendi > 0MG its-code Aaaarrgg exactly
[22:39:35] 0MG its-code Aaaarrgg > ccp does not care about csm anyways
[22:39:38] Cyclo Hexanol > Kill: Borgdude (Charon) Kill: Borgdude (Capsule) Autopiloting through hisec and then lowsec. Shame.
[22:39:43] Pandorath > CSM hardly matter
[22:39:50] Jacques Olivier > Because CONCORD are, mechanically, omnipotent space gods
[22:39:50] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath exactly
[22:40:00] Lorelei Ierendi > Jacques Olivier exactly
[22:40:08] Jacques Olivier > They have infinite strength ECM, infinite strength neuts and infinite damage death rays
[22:40:18] Pandorath > and were voting for xenuria because hes a social hazard bomb
[22:40:18] Jacques Olivier > If you want that shit neuted, sure
[22:40:22] Jacques Olivier > *nerfed
[22:40:33] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath I know.
[22:40:38] Pandorath > we want CCP to have to deal with him as one. last. fuck. you.
[22:40:56] Lorelei Ierendi > Pandorath I know. I just find it sad.
[22:41:06] Pandorath > i know xenuria i flew with him
[22:41:27] Pandorath > hes not a bad guy but hes terrible at being social
[22:41:32] Jacques Olivier > Well personally I put toxic yaken and vic jefferson at the top of my ballot, but they're not getting in so it's a vote for xenuria
[22:41:33] loyalanon >
[22:42:24] Lorelei Ierendi > anyway, its been fun listening to y'all, but I gotta get my beauty sleep. Fly safe!


I would be interested to know what Xenuria feels about being the "teach CCP a lesson" candidate... and what CCP feels about it. If I get onto the CSM I will ask!

Friday, 4 March 2016

Just... just vote!

Just posting part of one of my responses to an EVE mail for future reference... maybe I can quote it again!
The fact is that High sec is, at the moment, the poor mad uncle (...) and it will take time to change that. First we need a voice (for example on the CSM) that can demonstrate that it is "rational, well thought" and not just a "ultracarebear-I-want-theme-park" type. Quite apart from the problems with the CSM... and how the leaks and null-blocks are abusing it... we need to show that we (both individually, and as a group) are more than just those individuals that post tear threads on the forums.
BTW, if you set Madimiire to avoid... the Amarr-Jita run with a freighter is not much longer... and you avoid the main gank point on the Niarja, Madimiire gate. Escaping being bumped is harder, but possible if the bumper is not one of the "experts". Of course it also depends on luck as well.
However you decide to vote, please vote. The biggest block facing High Sec is actually the apathy of its players!
I am looking forward to seeing when the voting has actually been done by people... do they vote more in the beginning or at the end... judging by my correspondence a lot of people are still sitting on the fence with voting.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

This is a reposting of a post in my campaign thread... for posterity.
Just thought I would share a mail (with permission of the original author) that is fairly typical of the message I am getting from High Sec people that might support me. This is (one of) the reasons why I took so long this year before announcing my candidacy. Any "High Sec" orientated platform, irrespective of how reasonable it tries to be, has to deal with the apathy of the high sec residents, compared to the massive null-blocs.
Every voter or supporter that stops, because of disillusionment with the process or the institution, damages the Highsec candidates more than their Null-brethren.

It is an uphill struggle.

From: A Supporter
Sent: 2016.01.14 22:34
To: Lorelei Ierendi, List of other supporters

Hi Lorelei,

I'm not sure if there will be a CSM endorsement list for/from COMMUNITY this year. I did it the last two years with the feedback from some others but by now I'm convinced that the CSM as a whole does more harm than good - especially long term. While I'm certain that there are a few individuals who really have the wellbeing of the game at heart and who do good and constructive work on the CSM, many others try to use it to drive the agenda of their respective nullsec bloc, profit from it personally or worse: are sockpuppets for their bloc leaders.

Unfortunately CCP doesn't include an option to abstain from voting in order to differentiate people like me from people who have never heard of the CSM or that there is a vote for it (and there are many), so not voting at all is the only choice CCP gives me and that is what I intend to do.

So unless somebody else steps up in order to dive into the numerous threads in the CSM forum and other sources and put together a list of good candidates, there won't be a CSM list from COMMUNITY this year.

However: Feel free to drop into the channel at any time to present and discuss your ideas with the residents.
Also: please be aware that this is my personal opinion, not that of the COMMUNITY moderation team as a whole.


A Supporter

Having an option to "actively" abstain from voting is one of the things I would advocate... a way to tell the difference between apathy and disillusionment.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Provoked and Accused.

So... someone tried to provoke and accuse me on my Campaign Thread!
As if these people did not learn a lesson last year.

Just for future reference, here is a mail I sent to the organizer of Eve Vote Match, before the elections opened on 29th February:

Re: Please remember to fill in your Vote Match profile.
From: Lorelei Ierendi
Sent: 2016.02.27 23:15

Firstly thanks for doing this!
Secondly, some questions were very hard to answer, because none of the available answers fit what I am thinking... (eg the Suicide Ganking question). I know that it is not possible to cover all options in a multi-choice format... but if there was a "none of the above" option... candidates could then explain their answer.
Keep on trucking... and remember to Vote!!!
Vote for whoever!
Just remember you have to live (play) with the consequences.