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killboards for carebears

I seem to be on a roll of ideas, maybe this one not as bad as the last: Would there be any benefit by having regular financial accounts generated by the API that focus on certain types of corporations or alliances? I’m not suggesting entire rosters are released, or day-by-day trades, or locations of all resources and assets, just a basic balance sheet and a profit and loss statement.

I ask because I was reading the latest QEN and it was interesting to find out that 88% of wealth was in the hands of 10% of the population. However, beyond discovering that the average account has 500m ISK, we don’t really know where all that wealth is. The QEN hints at personal wealth, but how does personal wealth compare with that of organisations?

If corporate accounts were generated periodically (either for corps over a certain size, or corps within alliances – or just the alliances themselves), and could be publicly scrutinised via the API, might it provide another level of competitiveness, as well as transparency? Or would it take away a much-needed layer of secrecy that organisations need to operated within in order to be competitive?

I know this question has been put forward many times over many years, and even addressed by Dev panels, but given the detailed information increasingly (though all too infrequently) handed out by the QEN, without some specifics it perhaps lacks the context that would make the data more meaningful and useful.

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2 thoughts on “killboards for carebears

  1. Good Idea I think.
    The sticky widget, in my opinion, is the ‘public release’ of that data vs the ‘private use’ by the Corp members. In both cases and opt-in method where the CEO/directors choose to make P&L visible to members and/or the public at large would be beneficial.

    In choosing to release this info to the public the ‘upside’ should be that people can purchase shares, if the corp needed to make money for a campaign or just looking for investors. The downside, of course, would be the release of this information to those that may wish a Corp harm.

    Other than that, I think a P&L ( from purely an economic standpoint) would be an excellent idea. judging the health of one’s corp by viewing the master wallet or it’s divisions can be quite difficult to do to say the least…how that information is given out…is another matter entirely.

    Posted by Manasi | June 15, 2009, 4:45 pm
  2. Excellent idea. Keep plugging it.

    Posted by Stemline | June 17, 2009, 7:03 am

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