Vote Match aims to provide an unbiased overview of all the candidates, their experience and positions in the current Dust 514 CPM elections, and to create some order in the candidate chaos and assist you, the voter, in casting an informed vote.
The Council of Planetary Management (CPM) is a group of players elected to be player representatives towards the developer of Dust 514: CCP Games. This group of players is in direct contact with the people developing Dust 514 and are able to make suggestions to the developers, give feedback on game features being produced or considered by CCP and highlight problems that the playerbase finds important. They are the advocates that can bring your concerns or ideas to the attention of the developers.
One of the things we provide is a matching service that provides you with a list of candidates who have the same ideas about Dust 514 as you do!
The matching is done based on a questionnaire of a number of statements about Dust 514. We have collected the answers from the candidates in the CPM election. After you fill in the questionnaire on this page, your answers will be compared to the answers of the candidates.
Based on how each of your answers matches up with each of the answers of each of the candidates, we calculate a score from zero (no match) to a hundred percent (perfect match) for each candidate. You will then be presented with an overview of all the candidates and their answers, ranked from highest match to lowest match.
We use a matching algoritm similar to the one used on the dating website OKCupid - though we use the values 0 (irrelevant), 1 (a little important), 5 (somewhat important), 10 (very important) and 50 (mandatory) instead of OKCupid's 0, 1, 10, 50, 250. For a detailed explanation of the matching algorithm, go here.
This website is created and maintained by me: Valentijn Geirnaert, Dierdra Vaal in Eve Online (for which it was originally developed). I was a representative on the first CSM, chairman of the third CSM and vice-chairman of the fifth CSM and firmly believe that the CSM/CPM is a strong positive influence on the development of Eve Online and Dust 514.
Vote Match has approached all candidates because we would like to be as complete as possible. However, some candidates choose not to participate. As such, these candidates are not included in the candidate overview or matching.
We recommend using Vote Match as a first step in getting to know the candidates that might be good fits for you, but not as the only thing to base your descision on. If you use our matching service, we recommend looking at the top ten to twenty percent of your matches, rather than just the few that scored highest. We provide more detailed information on each candidate which you can find by clicking on their name on the match results page, or through the candidate overview page. After reading the detailed information, you can try to contact the candidates that appeal to you the most if you wish to ask them some questions personally.
If you don't want to use the matching service, you can simply look at the candidate positions on the comparison page, or browse through the candidates on the overview page, and go from there.
You should have received an evemail with your login details from Dierdra Vaal. If this is not the case, please contact Dierdra Vaal and your login details will be sent to you. With these details you will be able to login to set up or change your profile.
If you are not sure which candidate would be a good choice for you, you can use our matching service to see which candidates share a similar view on Eve with you. See How to get the most out of Vote Match for more details on how to best get information on the candidates.
You can contact Dierdra Vaal through evemail or on twitter at @EveVoteMatch or @DierdraVaal.