Originally by: RaptorXL
Some candidates want your vote because it's a free trip.
Just want to lay this "free trip" myth to rest.
The CSM is *NOT* a free trip. Let me tell you how it works.
You land (usually the evening before, sometimes the day of the meetings), head to the office, have 8+ hours of continuous meetings with different teams, they switch every 1 hour so they're fresh, you have to stay focus continuously. Multiply that by 3 days. Every evening we have meals with devs. What do we talk about? Eve. More lobbying, it's a bit more relaxed, but there's still the "discussing things as viewed from either side of the fence" aspect to things.
And when the meetings are done, you fly back.
CCP offers the people the ability to prolong their stay on their own dime, but that's not free anymore.
I have never taken that opportunity (lack of time or lack of money), as such I've never seen a geyser or whale.
It's no free trip...
And being on the CSM is continuous work, both outside the meetings in Iceland and in preparation for those. It's really no leisure.
Now letting you go back to your own candidacy, sorry for the disruption.
Meissa Anunthiel, CSM 2, 3, 4 and 5 (and 6?)