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SoylentNews is people

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: 4, Interesting) by dilbert on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:34AM

    by dilbert (444) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:34AM (#28581)
    While there are worse names out there, SoylentNews is a horrible name which doesn't pass the last two tests outlined:
    • 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
    Starting Score:    1  point
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    Total Score:   4  
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Tork on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:38AM

    by Tork (3914) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:38AM (#28604)
    Soylent News is people isn't a slogan/play on words/description of how it came into being?

    As for the girlfriend test... what are you worried about, them mistaking it for a porn site? I mean they'd have to imag... eww.
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    • (Score: 2) by TK on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:00PM

      by TK (2760) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:00PM (#28834)

      It's Soylent News not Soylent Nudes.

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      • (Score: 2) by Tork on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:31PM

        by Tork (3914) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:31PM (#28891)
        I was thinking "soilent"...
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        • (Score: 1) by iroll on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:52PM

          by iroll (4013) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:52PM (#28953)

          Well, you get a gold for mental gymnastics :p

        • (Score: 2, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:26PM

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:26PM (#29081) Homepage

          Only the Germans and the Japanese would consider that "porn."

  • (Score: 1) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:25PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:25PM (#29114)

    If they would change the color scheme to green, it would line up a lot better with the tagline "...is people."

    If you don't get it, you need to brush up on your old, bad, SciFi movie literacy.

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