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posted by mrcoolbp on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-thought-the-name-was-bacconmuffinnews dept.

After several early attempts, we have settled on a process for deciding on the final name for this site currently known as SoylentNews.org. You'll need to log in and go to: userprefs/homepage and check the box marked "Willing to Vote" if you'd like to participate (do this now, the submission round will go out soon). The vote will occur using an email-based solution loosely based on the Debian/Condercet method that we cooked up. Note: checking this box will indicate that we are scraping your email address from the database for participation (this is completely opt-in). If you wish not to participate, just make sure this box is unchecked (this is the default).

We are opening the floor to name suggestions. If you have suggested a name earlier, you'll need to re-submit it through this email voting system. Though we prefer available domains, if you have pre-purchased a domain (eg: to prevent squatters), by submitting the name you are stating that you are the owner of the domain(s) and will give it without strings attached to this project if it were to be chosen.

The criteria for an acceptable name:

  • Unique and free of obvious trademarks
  • Ideally be a bit technological/geeky and signal the site is "news"
  • Domain should be available in all permutations: .com/.net/.org
  • Easy to pronounce
  • Easy to type
  • Easy to 'market' or has a "hook" (imagine a mug with the name, a logo, slogans, plays on words, etc.)
  • Passes the girlfriend / wife / significant other / random person at work - test

This is how it will work:

  1. The first round will go out asking for name submissions
  2. Submissions will remain open for 7 days
  3. The community will vote to yield 5 names
  4. Staff will vote and produce 5 names
  5. A final vote on all 10 names will be held
  6. At this point, the staff will have a second full vote on the same ten items the community voted on
  7. The result of this vote, and the community vote, including its runoff, will then be published
  8. The staff vote is the final decision. We have to live with this. But the community will have a powerful influence on the final staff vote.

If you're interested:

NCommander adds: So its finally here, and I wanted to apologize for the long delay before this actually happened. To the editoral team, please bump this to the top of the index for the next 24 hours so everyone gets a chance to see it (click 'fastforward' then save to autoupdate the timestamp). I promise a Featured Story option is coming in the next major update so we don't have to deal with this!

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by prospectacle on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:43AM

    by prospectacle (3422) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:43AM (#28568) Journal

    I believe it will be one of the candidates

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by mrcoolbp on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:45AM

    by mrcoolbp (68) <mrcoolbp@soylentnews.org> on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:45AM (#28570) Homepage

    This is correct, soylentnews.org will be one of the options.

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by iroll on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:01AM

      by iroll (4013) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:01AM (#28574)

      And if it doesn't win, we'll just fork and start all over!

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Reziac on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:44AM

      by Reziac (2489) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:44AM (#28586) Homepage

      Good! besides, SoylentNews already has my vote. :)

      As someone else says, why kill an existing brand? Obviously it's easy to remember, or we wouldn't be here. :)

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:36AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:36AM (#28644)

        It's a terrible name. Nothing to do with the original, not nerdy at all and it sounds like some nature-friendly pregnant women blog.

        pipedot.org got it right, close to the original, catchy and understood by nerds. We need something in that direction

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:40AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:40AM (#28660)

          ...and Pipedot has a cool logo.

          Can we buy Pipebot out too?

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by M. Baranczak on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:42PM

          by M. Baranczak (1673) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:42PM (#28812)

          "Close to the original" is just another way of saying "unoriginal".

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:53PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:53PM (#28823)

            I prefer unoriginal over of the utter unrelated and misleading name "soylentnews"

        • (Score: 2) by buswolley on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:50PM

          by buswolley (848) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:50PM (#28868)

          I am not a fan of pipe dot name.

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          • (Score: 1) by rival on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:04PM

            by rival (2700) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:04PM (#28958)

            Agreed; while we geeks get the reference, there's a good chance that others (think stupid filters) may think pipedot is some sort of drug-related site, and hence NSFW.

            • (Score: 2) by buswolley on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:21PM

              by buswolley (848) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:21PM (#29074)

              I've never |. in bash before. What would it do?

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              • (Score: 2) by hybristic on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:20PM

                by hybristic (10) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:20PM (#29112) Journal

                go do it and report back!

              • (Score: 2) by stderr on Wednesday April 09 2014, @11:47PM

                by stderr (11) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @11:47PM (#29154) Journal

                I've never |. in bash before. What would it do?

                Have you /.'ed in bash?

                Neither of them makes sense on their own in bash, but maybe |. is part of a longer command, like foo|./bar or awk '/foo|.bar/ { print }'.

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                • (Score: 2) by buswolley on Thursday April 10 2014, @12:46AM

                  by buswolley (848) on Thursday April 10 2014, @12:46AM (#29172)

                  well yes. Of course..If I were to direct it to a file in the current directory...but just |. ?

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                  • (Score: 2) by stderr on Thursday April 10 2014, @01:41AM

                    by stderr (11) on Thursday April 10 2014, @01:41AM (#29196) Journal

                    If I were to direct it to a file in the current directory...

                    Then you would have used "./", not "/.", but even in that case, you didn't use "just /." (or "just ./"), did you?

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                • (Score: 1) by J053 on Thursday April 10 2014, @01:19AM

                  by J053 (3532) <reversethis-{xc. ... s} {ta} {enikad}> on Thursday April 10 2014, @01:19AM (#29185) Homepage
                  I always liked the play on words of the other site:
                  "Yes, just browse to aitch tee tee pee slash slash slash dot dot com"
                  How about "httpslash.com"?
        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by q.kontinuum on Wednesday April 09 2014, @11:25PM

          by q.kontinuum (532) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @11:25PM (#29146) Journal

          How long do you want this site to be a slashdot-wannebe? This is already history, let the site stand on their own merits, for gods sake... I definitely prefer Soylentnews

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      • (Score: 2) by xlefay on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:20PM

        by xlefay (65) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:20PM (#28966) Journal

        This is a terrible idea!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:41PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:41PM (#28987)

          w00t w00t

        • (Score: 2) by xlefay on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:46PM

          by xlefay (65) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @06:46PM (#28990) Journal

          oops, replied to the wrong comment. lol