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posted by Dopefish on Friday February 28 2014, @06:45PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the albeit-slowly-but-surely dept.

Greetings Soylentils! This is your captain and overlord of editors Dopefish speaking, with an exciting announcement.

I'm pleased to announce that we have two freshly minted editors added to our team here at SoylentNews and their handles are janrinok and girlwhowaspluggedout. They have demonstrated a passion for the site through their submissions and contributions via comments.

With these new additions to our editorial staff, we will keep pushing the site to new heights and help increase the number of quality submissions that post to the main page for all to see and enjoy. Furthermore, janrinok and girlwhowaspluggedout are based out of France and Israel, respectively, which should both improve editor coverage during the hours when the Americas are asleep and, more significantly, help us post news that appeals to international members of our community.

Thank you all for your continued interest in SoylentNews and keep up the good fight! This is Dopefish signing off.

~Dopefish

[ED Note: "Per the feedback reflected in the comments, I changed any mentions of 'audience' to 'the community', which better reflects who we are."]

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by cwix on Friday February 28 2014, @07:10PM

    by cwix (873) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:10PM (#8698)

    ... And good luck. A lot of the folks around here have high expectations for the editors.

    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by janrinok on Friday February 28 2014, @07:26PM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @07:26PM (#8711) Journal

      Thanks for your best wishes. I'm sure that both girlwhowaspluggedout and myself will try to live up to your expectations. However, as we have already seen, the occasional mistake will happen and if you can accept that with a touch of humour, we'd appreciate it.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Sir Garlon on Friday February 28 2014, @07:37PM

        by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:37PM (#8719)

        "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving." -- Dale Carnegie [wikipedia.org]

        --
        [Sir Garlon] is the marvellest knight that is now living, for he destroyeth many good knights, for he goeth invisible.
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @10:01PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @10:01PM (#8827)

          Any sociopath can come up with a statement that defines all who disagree with him as somehow inferior.

      • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Friday February 28 2014, @07:43PM

        by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @07:43PM (#8720) Journal

        s/girlwhowaspluggedout and myself/girlwhowaspluggedout and I/

        Didn't take long for me to get that one wrong!

        • (Score: 2) by Sir Garlon on Friday February 28 2014, @07:45PM

          by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:45PM (#8721)

          That's not a serious grammatical error. Native English speakers make that kind of mistake frequently.

          --
          [Sir Garlon] is the marvellest knight that is now living, for he destroyeth many good knights, for he goeth invisible.
          • (Score: 3, Funny) by unitron on Friday February 28 2014, @11:50PM

            by unitron (70) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:50PM (#8892) Journal

            Native speakers of English make serious grammatical errors frequently.

            --
            something something Slashcott something something Beta something something
    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by girlwhowaspluggedout on Friday February 28 2014, @09:25PM

      by girlwhowaspluggedout (1223) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:25PM (#8796)

      Thank you.

      Your expectations are as high as mine. The desire to finally see some proper editing is the reason I wanted to become an editor, and my goal here is to serve this community by being the best damned editor I can be.

      I do, however, apologize ahead of time for any dupes, typos, or editorial foibles I may make.

      Now, they who reached Parnassus' lofty Crown,
      Employ their Pains to spurn some others down;
      And while Self-Love each jealous Writer rules,
      Contending Wits becomes the Sport of Fools:
      But still the Worst with most Regret commend,
      For each Ill Author is as bad a Friend.
      To what base Ends, and by what abject Ways,
      Are Mortals urg'd thro' Sacred Lust of praise!
      Ah ne'er so dire a Thirst of Glory boast,
      Nor in the Critick let the Man be lost!
      Good-Nature and Good-Sense must ever join;
      To err is Humane; to Forgive, +5 Divine.

      (Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism, ll. 514-525)

      --
      Soylent is the best disinfectant.
      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by regift_of_the_gods on Friday February 28 2014, @10:11PM

        by regift_of_the_gods (138) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:11PM (#8837)

        To err is Humane; to Forgive, +5 Divine.

        This is what I suspected. The moderation on /. was a *lot* better back when Pope Alexander was running the show.

        Anyway, congratulations!

      • (Score: 1) by Reziac on Saturday March 01 2014, @02:10AM

        by Reziac (2489) on Saturday March 01 2014, @02:10AM (#8931) Homepage

        Your first one I've seen (the 'ancient dental plaque' story) was very well done. Two thumbs up!

        • (Score: 2) by girlwhowaspluggedout on Saturday March 01 2014, @05:11PM

          by girlwhowaspluggedout (1223) on Saturday March 01 2014, @05:11PM (#9163)
          Although I'm now an editor, I still contribute stories when I can. I'm glad you liked it :)
          --
          Soylent is the best disinfectant.
      • (Score: 2) by SMI on Saturday March 01 2014, @08:00AM

        by SMI (333) on Saturday March 01 2014, @08:00AM (#9016)

        To err is human, to forgive is canine.

        (just my $0.02)

      • (Score: 1) by fadrian on Saturday March 01 2014, @05:40PM

        by fadrian (3194) on Saturday March 01 2014, @05:40PM (#9171) Homepage

        I do, however, apologize ahead of time for any dupes, typos, or editorial foibles I may make.

        Don't sweat it. Any editorial standard, mistakes or no, is better than what the Dice-heads were doing.

        --
        That is all.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:22AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:22AM (#8920)

      Four things:

      1. Welcome guys!, It's awesome seeing sn's steady growth and I can truly feel that it's much more about the community than on the other site. (I can proudly say that ever since I discovered sn, I've never visited the other site ;)

      2. This goes to girlwhowaspluggedout: I'll soon go on a holiday with family to Israel and we'll surely be visiting cultural sites to learn about the country.
      Now as a techie I was thinking it'd be interesting to also learn a bit about the secret service of Israel and possibly their involvement in cyberwarfare. Is there any place I could do that?, maybe some kind of museum?

      Also, all of us have a Swiss as well as a German passports. For our visit we decided we're all gonna use our Swiss passport. Do you think that makes a difference?

      3. To janrinok: Bonjour mon amie :)

      4. Is it possible that I can only reply to other posts and not create 'root posts'?

      • (Score: 2) by Open4D on Sunday March 02 2014, @07:47PM

        by Open4D (371) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @07:47PM (#9713) Journal

        4. Is it possible that I can only reply to other posts and not create 'root posts'?

        Your post was a reply to this [soylentnews.org].

        To create a 'root post', the relevant reply button is currently to be found just above the first post.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by tlezer on Friday February 28 2014, @07:10PM

    by tlezer (708) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:10PM (#8699)

    I, for one, welcome our new editor overlords

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by girlwhowaspluggedout on Friday February 28 2014, @08:06PM

      by girlwhowaspluggedout (1223) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:06PM (#8732)
      In case you are available, we still have a vacancy for someone to round up others to toil in our underground sugar caves.
      --
      Soylent is the best disinfectant.
      • (Score: 1) by sbgen on Friday February 28 2014, @08:13PM

        by sbgen (1302) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:13PM (#8736)

        I could help you but read my sig.

        --
        Warning: Not a computer expert, but got to use it. Yes, my kind does exist.
      • (Score: 1) by cwix on Friday February 28 2014, @08:34PM

        by cwix (873) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:34PM (#8756)

        What share of the sugar do I get?

      • (Score: 1) by DECbot on Friday February 28 2014, @11:33PM

        by DECbot (832) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:33PM (#8886) Journal

        Will you be conducting regular blood sugar tests to ensure we aren't stealing product?

        If not, I'm the guy you're looking for!

        --
        cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by SMI on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:56AM

        by SMI (333) on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:56AM (#9013)

        Sounds like a sweet job!

    • (Score: 1) by Yow on Friday February 28 2014, @09:59PM

      by Yow (1637) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:59PM (#8825)

      I was waiting for this comment to pop up...

    • (Score: 3) by Geotti on Friday February 28 2014, @10:05PM

      by Geotti (1146) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:05PM (#8833) Journal

      I, for one, welcome our new, metric editor overlords

      FTFY. (Yay!)

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by DeathMonkey on Friday February 28 2014, @07:12PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:12PM (#8700) Journal

    Welcome! Post things you find interestind and don't listen to the haters.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:53PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:53PM (#8819)

      But do listen to constructive criticism, especially if it comes from many different people.

      Don't automatically dismiss your critics as 'haters', and adjust your behavior if they make reasonable arguments.

      I like to think of this as a community site, and if that's true, then the vast majority of the people here won't be 'haters', whatever that means exactly, but instead just regular users. Read their comments with that in mind.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Jerry Smith on Friday February 28 2014, @07:14PM

    by Jerry Smith (379) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:14PM (#8701) Journal

    That's a good thing to hear: worldwide coverage! Now, if only the modpoints could be dealt out during my awake time, that would be grand!

    --
    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
    • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Friday February 28 2014, @10:43PM

      by lhsi (711) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:43PM (#8855) Journal

      I'm also pleased by the increased worldwide coverage. I wonder what the optimal time between stories will end up being.

  • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Friday February 28 2014, @07:22PM

    by nightsky30 (1818) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:22PM (#8705)

    And thank you for your help!!! :D

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by weeds on Friday February 28 2014, @07:25PM

    by weeds (611) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:25PM (#8709) Journal

    ... is people!

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Dutchster on Friday February 28 2014, @07:27PM

    by Dutchster (3331) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:27PM (#8712)

    I'm excited to see this site grow and continue to be all about its users. That can only be done by having a talented, productive crew of editors to keep the stories coming at just the right rate. Too few new stories and people will lose interest. Too many and user contributions (i.e. comments) will be diluted. Finding that sweet spot is definitely the challenge. Peoples' time is limited and if there's too many stories a day it just won't be possible to have meaningful conversations in most of them.

    • (Score: 2) by GungnirSniper on Friday February 28 2014, @08:33PM

      by GungnirSniper (1671) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:33PM (#8755) Journal

      And if we can beat similar sites to the punch, that will help too. Welcome to our new HTML-wielding overlords.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Dutchster on Friday February 28 2014, @08:53PM

        by Dutchster (3331) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:53PM (#8765)

        To some extent, yes. But when I think about similar sites it's kind of the opposite of Playboy. I don't go there for the articles. They're always a few days late. It's the thoughtful community commentary that draws my interest. The articles themselves are really a sideshow.

        Let's face it; news aggregation services are a dime a dozen now. In fact if some in the community are already aware of a given story before it posts to Soylent the responses might be a bit more informed than what you get in off the cuff response to the first (and horribly inaccurate) piece to break a story.

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by JeffPaetkau on Friday February 28 2014, @07:30PM

    by JeffPaetkau (1465) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:30PM (#8713)

    Congrats to the new editors and best of luck.

    I have been amused watching as SN makes some of the same mistakes that drove us crazy at "the other site". Dupes, spelling and grammar mistakes, assuming everyone knows what Element 14 is etc. I guess avoiding those mistakes is harder than it looks.

    I hope the new additions to the team can help take SN up another notch in editorial quality and make this site even better than "the other site".

    Again, good luck, and thanks everyone for your work so far.

    -- Jeff Paetkau

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by DarkMorph on Friday February 28 2014, @07:30PM

    by DarkMorph (674) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:30PM (#8714)
    Good.

    Looks like a step in the right direction. I look forward to seeing submissions with English summaries for articles in French. For that matter, I would like articles from anywhere in any language to be permitted! Reminds me that yesterday I submitted an article in Japanese...
    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @08:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @08:24PM (#8745)

      Bon. Ressemble à une étape dans la bonne direction. J'attends avec impatience de voir les présentations de résumés en français pour les articles en anglais. Pour cette question, j'aimerais que les articles provenant de n'importe où, dans n'importe quelle langue à être autorisé ! Me rappelle qu'hier, j'ai présenté un article en japonais ...

      • (Score: -1) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @08:27PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @08:27PM (#8747)

        Hmmm... Not very international or quite what I expected.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @08:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @08:44PM (#8761)

    I couldn't help but notice the use of the word audience to refer to users of this site.

    • (Score: 3) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @08:50PM

      by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:50PM (#8763)

      I'm glad you pointed that out and surprised that I missed it.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Dopefish on Friday February 28 2014, @09:44PM

        by Dopefish (12) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:44PM (#8810)

        Greetings! Editor here. I took the feedback to heart and issued an editorial correction.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:45PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:45PM (#8814)

        I can say with certainty if the editorial balance is lost and this site gets all sanitised like it's predecessor, with political correctness and nothing to see here move along attitudes, we will become an audience, soon before we go elsewhere.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by skullz on Friday February 28 2014, @08:54PM

      by skullz (2532) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:54PM (#8768)

      What would you have preferred? Unwashed masses?

      The editors filter the stories the users submit and then subsequently bash on, kind of like DJs for a really drunk crowd. Sure, they may not be 'real' artists but everyone in the room is listening to what they are playing.

      • (Score: 1) by Geotti on Friday February 28 2014, @10:01PM

        by Geotti (1146) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:01PM (#8829) Journal

        kind of like DJs for a really drunk crowd

        Whoever stays at such parties after they realize that the dj's playing for the drunkards? That's just masochistic...

        I can only recommend parties, where the DJ took acid and is playing one sublime, long (the transition is the) track.

        Back to the question, I would've preferred "the community."

      • (Score: 2) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @10:19PM

        by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:19PM (#8842)

        I prefer anything other than the word 'audience' in that particular context.

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by M. Baranczak on Friday February 28 2014, @10:55PM

        by M. Baranczak (1673) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:55PM (#8864)

        What would you have preferred? Unwashed masses?

        I'd prefer the soylent majority.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:07AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:07AM (#9002)

          Now THAT'S funny!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:11PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:11PM (#8780)

      Yes it does creep in pretty quickly. We are a community... Hope that lasts.

      • (Score: 2) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @10:16PM

        by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:16PM (#8841)

        Agreed.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:33AM (#9010)

      I just assumed it was a snark. Or you know, he picked words by rolling dice.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by tangomargarine on Friday February 28 2014, @09:29PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:29PM (#8801)

    Out of curiosity...any chance we could get an explanation of what "girlwhowaspluggedout" means? My first thoughts were

    1) girlintraining's new account, or
    2) some kind of sexual euphemism.

    Although I suspect neither of those is on the money.

    --
    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
    • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:45PM (#8813)
      My guess is girlwhowaspluggedout is a fan of a certain Sci-Fi novella, The Girl Who Was Plugged In [wikipedia.org]. It sounds like an intriguing story premise, and an apt handle for a Soylentil.
    • (Score: 1, Funny) by timbim on Friday February 28 2014, @09:47PM

      by timbim (907) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:47PM (#8815)

      Also, is she hot?

      • (Score: 1) by Yow on Friday February 28 2014, @10:03PM

        by Yow (1637) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:03PM (#8831)

        which is more appropriate: *eye-roll* or *face-palm* ?

        • (Score: 2) by Open4D on Sunday March 02 2014, @08:03PM

          by Open4D (371) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @08:03PM (#9716) Journal

          Maybe he was saying it with extra irony, and had no intention being unwelcoming. Maybe he thinks that women like having their physical attractiveness up for discussion at any time so his remarks are bound to help grow the community.

          Hmmm ... okay, I'll go for *eye-roll*

      • (Score: 1) by Scruffy on Friday February 28 2014, @11:01PM

        by Scruffy (1087) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:01PM (#8866)
        Nah, she has a good cooling setup.
        --
        1087 is a lucky prime.
    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @09:56PM (#8823)

      girlintraining is, IMHO, one of the last true trolls, so while I'd appreciate her/his/it's presence here, I'm not sure if I'd like them to be an editor.

      • (Score: 1) by Yog-Yogguth on Monday March 03 2014, @08:54AM

        by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 03 2014, @08:54AM (#9952) Journal

        Not saying the person in question is a troll but the vikings named their axes (their most common weapon, everyone had at least an axe) after female trolls (it says so on Wikipedia somewhere).

        So they must have plenty going for them --do not dismiss them lightly :3

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