Yep, he sure did. Right here.
This is what happens when you succumb to Anti-Goon Disease. I was gonna write a post about this EVE phenomenon, but have decided against it, because, well, :effort:.
Here’s the tl;dr of it all, though.
I made a post two days ago asking for community input on three things: the value of keeping around institutions like the Eve Blog Pack; if we should keep it, how might we go about opening it to the community at large in terms of the judging aspects, as that is the most challenging part of maintaining the Pack (and the Eebees); and I wanted to start a discussion on what exact format that crowd-sourced Blog Pack/Eebees initiative may take.
Literally nowhere did I say I was closing down the Eve Blog Pack, Evebloggers.com, or even The Eebees. Rixx, however, seems to think I did. In fact, he thinks he has done a good job by derailing the discussion into an Anti-Goons discussion. He genuinely appears to believe that the community is now better for his ability to shut down a topic of some interest and concern, substitute a rather dumb one in its place, and unilaterally declaring the death of the Pack.
I used to consider Rixx a good friend of mine, at least in terms of Eve. We flew against each other in Lisbaetanne. I joined my pirate corporation to his alliance, Burn Away. We even ended up in Tuskers at more or less the same time when he decided to close down that alliance. Now, though, he seems to think that The Mittani is my puppet master. Others, like Mord Fiddle, seem to agree. I find this disappointing and, to be frank, pretty fucking disgusting behavior from people whom I used to respect.
I have maintained a very clear line between my efforts as an Editor at TheMittani.com and my efforts for the community (which, by the way, came way before TMC ever existed). I believe that both entities can not only co-exist, but can in fact thrive together by serving distinct purposes. Others just want to focus on their obsession with a figure in Eve politics, and the organization that he currently leads, to the detriment of actual substantive debate about how to move forward in these changing times.
This is probably the part of the post where I have words of a certain sort for those individuals – but really, I don’t have anything to say to them other than ‘I’m sorry for you.’ I unironically feel bad for these people who can’t see past their grievances with The Mittani and the Goons in general and work for a better community.
Now, with that out of the way, here’s what’s happening with the community stuff (based on what actual useful feedback I got):
I now have on my to-do list a complete revamp of the EveBloggers.com website. As part of this revamp, I will be including a system by which the top 30 blogs in Eve are voted on (in an organic way) by the community at large, to form a new, more natural and less arbitrary ‘Eve Blog Pack’. I will also be renewing the Eebees in a similar fashion, though I haven’t quite worked out the specifics of that. If you have input on how to go about creating these systems, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me via Twitter or Skype (marcscaurus is the name).
In the meantime! I will be continuing the Eve Blog Pack and Evebloggers.com in their current formats. Expect updates shortly. The Eebees I am shelving until after the revamp, whereupon they will be bigger and better than ever. Perhaps with a little social media savvy, Evebloggers.com can become the portal that its creator, Black Claw, and I myself have longed for it to be.