Council of Stellar Management
The Council of Stellar Management (or CSM) is a group of players that is meant to communicate directly with CCP regarding player concerns. Its scope is limited to EVE-Online, its development, and and out-of-game issues that have direct relevance to the game.
The CSM is made up of nine players, with five alternate members in case of absences. Terms last for six months. Members of the CSM are expected to travel to Iceland once during their term for a meeting.
Voting for the CSM occurs over a two-week period. A player may vote once per active account that has been active for at least thirty days previously. The candidate with the highest vote total becomes the council Chairman. The Chairman is then responsible for organizing a council vote for the positions of Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Vice-Secretary.
The first round of voting for the CSM began on May 5, 2008. It will end on May 19, 2008 and winners will be announced May 21, 2008.