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Published January 30, 2013

It was announced this week that the Interstellar Services Department (ISD) is inbound for the DUST514.com forums. What is the ISD? If you have ever trolled the EVE Online forums, then you know exactly what the ISD is. For the rest of the new mercenaries coming to our universe, this may change a lot of the so-called metagames and forum PvP we have become accustomed to.

You see, the ISD is the team of volunteer players that helps CCP police their forums, gather intel and do a number of other tasks. This also means these volunteers could possibly be susceptible to the metagame and silence those that they hold grudges against or turn a blind eye on allies misusing the forums. Remember: a volunteer is you. 

ISD Eshtir, ISD CCL team lead, made this statement on a DUST514.com ISD thread:

"I am Eshtir, team lead for the ISD CCL team. Some of us are already lurking on these boards, gathering feedback for CCP.

All i can say is, there had been talks to open up ISD for DUST players and how this would be achieved. Please note, nothing is final and i dont know when or how it all works out. But it is atleast looked into and im pretty sure as soon as the time is good to spread the word, CCP will do so via the appropriate channels.

On a personal note, i would very much welcome DUSTies in my team! :-)

ISD will always be ISD, be it in EVE or DUST. ;-)"

CCP Cmdr Wang (DUST 514 Community Manager) made this follow-up statement in the same thread:

"We have taken the first step in setting up the DUST ISD with the help of EVE ISD members. As ISD member Eshtir has mentioned they are currently helping the DUST community team with forum monitoring and we will be expanding their presence going forward. 

Some of the new areas that we want to expand into is to mirror similar services from EVE ISD such as the news reporting and EVE/DUST fiction writing for DUST as well. Once we have worked out a frame work on this plan we will announce recruitment for DUST ISD on the forums."

I'll keep you updated as more is unveiled, but for the time being I'd like to know what you think. Is the ISD a good idea for DUST514.com or not? Post your answer below.

ZionShad
I am CEO of ZionTCD, DUST Beta Tester, Co-Host and contributor for "Podside" Podcast.

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