Monday, January 14, 2013
CSM Winter Summit 2012: Minutes Update
Recently Xander from Crossing Zebras has been inquiring anxiously on Twitter about the status of the CSM summit minutes. I replied at length, but wanted to share this with a wider audience as well. One of the questions regarding the process was actually asked by Marc Scaurus, who wanted to know what the procedure was for producing the minutes.
Up until now, there hasn't ever really been a standard procedure. CSM6 outsourced the minutes to CCP, to painful result as they had to question almost everything CCP wrote about the summit sessions. Another criticism of CSM6's minutes was that there was no transparency in who said what within the sessions, the CSM was described as a single-minded entity in [most] of its public communications. CSM7 has taken major steps to correct this, not only writing our own minutes but attributing individual statements to individual members, as many in the community have requested. The first pass at this was time consuming, involved a lot of trial-and-error before the "right" balance of detail was achieved, and the minutes were released in what would normally be an unacceptable time frame.
In contrast, the minutes from the Winter summit session have been written in record time, completed just over two short weeks since the summit ended. Without the trial-and-error process used to come up with the new transparent form of summit minutes, it was much easier to expedite their creation. We also hope this methodology can be used for all future summit sessions. So to answer Marc Scaurus's question, here's the procedure we are settling into:
1.) We submit sessions to CCP Xhagen.
2.) Xhagen disseminates them to the CCP members participating.
3.) They make edits / approve them.
4.) They go back to Xhagen.
5.) While this happens, they also go to CCP Manifest for PR / NDA approval.
6.) Once We have approval from PR and from the participants, they are returned to the CSM.
7.) They than get reviewed one more time by the CSM, and than are labeled "locked" in our mutually shared GoogleDoc.
Currently, we have "locked" all but 5 sessions - two of which we have not received back from CCP (the Dust514 sessions) The other three are the FW session, and the two 0.0 related sessions. We are reviewing these three right now before locking. Of the three, the second 0.0 session appears to have some odd redactions that involved CSM member's opinions, not CCP's words. We will be challenging these redactions, which of course means another slight delay.
Delays in the 0.0 and Dust sessions aside, the goal is to get the rest of the minutes published this week as soon as a supporting dev blog from CCP Unifex is released.
...and that's all the CSM7 minutes news that's fit to print!