Before you read on you should take a moment and read Sion Kumitomo's article over on TMC. I don't normally share links there, but I will make yet another exception for your benefit. So here it is.
Someone should really try and talk him out of writing any more posts about something he obviously fails to comprehend. This is two posts lately in which the esteemed Mr. Sion fails to grasp the enormity of his own foot when placed directly into his own mouth. So let me take a moment and clarify a few things in simple, easy-to-understand language.
"The Community" (or the "Eve Online Community") is ANYONE that plays or participates in ANYTHING having to do with Eve Online. It is by its very nature an all-inclusive group of people from all walks of life, from all over the globe, that share one common interest - Eve Online. That is the "community" I speak about when I invoke the word. Believe it or not, my community includes Goons. And Reddit posters. And Brave Newbies. And Faction Warfare pilots. And Miners. And even people that fit Warp Core Stabilizers on their ships. (But just barely.)
There are so many things wrong with this post that it is hard to get my head around the lunacy and utter madness that brings it to light. Let me pull a quote that really speaks volumes:
"Let us acknowledge what is actually behind these judgmental, exclusionary statements: attempting to invoke "the community" is a naked political play by people who lack the courage to stand for something on their own. It is a lazy way to elicit the illusion of mass consensus while shouting down opposing viewpoints. We see this same technique in political campaigns worldwide in the form "the nation’s people demand" and such. This is not a novel approach, and it is as transparent in EVE Online as it is in real-world politics."
At least he isn't talking about me here, so I will give him some credit. So let me get this straight, when a majority of players (including the vast majority of your own players in GSF/Imperium by the way) refuse to fund your Kickstarter that means they are cowards? Uh, no. That is not correct. Just because you say something doesn't make it true. There is no "illusion" of mass consensus at work here, there is actual real mass consensus at work here. They didn't like the Kickstarter and they refused to support it. Period. Grow up and take your lumps.
"Goonswarm Federation has existed for a decade. The Imperium has existed for half a decade. We have built, we have laughed, we have cried, we have marched to war, we have lost dear friends. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of the whole because we comprise that whole. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities, we have raised the visibility for any number of individuals and issues, we have helped our people in uncountable ways.
This rock solid commitment to our own ideals and to the community we’ve collectively built means that when I inevitably find myself in the trenches or in dire straits, I have but to look to my friends standing next to me. They have my back and I have theirs—not because of self-interest, but because they would do the same for me."
Talk about exclusive. When Sion talks about "community" he means Goons. Which is fine I suppose. Lots of us have communities like this in Eve. Alliances. Corporations. Podcasting crews. Any group of like-minded players gathered together could be considered a "community". Although I don't think anyone in their right mind would consider people who post to Reddit or other forums a "community". I mean its just a place for people to comment and post, you know, like Facebook.
Oh wait, Sion thinks people consider Reddit a community. He must, since he spends about two entire paragraphs trying to prove that it isn't. I did it in two sentences. Having said all that, Reddit is part of "the community", something that Sion fails to grasp.
Frankly no one speaks for "the community" and anyone who says they do should be scorned and mocked openly. The only community I can speak for is the players in my own Alliance and in Stay Frosty. Otherwise I'm just a rather handsome and super creative blogger type person. Whenever I use the words "community" I mean that vast, unwashed totality that includes everyone that has anything to do with Eve Online. All of us.
Y'know, the same bunch of lunatics that said no thank you to the Kickstarter. For reasons.
If these guys are seriously going to try this again in March, they are going to have to come to terms with the fact that the community is bigger than Goons. Or not.
And if I addressed anyone in my Alliance as "My People" they'd put me away.
It's a game people!! Lighten up.