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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: 2, Interesting) by crutchy on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:59AM

    by crutchy (179) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:59AM (#28666) Homepage Journal

    4e455753.org is available
    NEWS in hex ascii:
    4e = N
    45 = E
    57 = W
    53 = S

    78698783.org is available
    NEWS in decimal ascii:
    78 = N
    69 = E
    87 = W
    83 = S

    if you forget the address, you just need to know how to construct it

    http://www.stringfunction.com/string-hex.html [stringfunction.com]
    http://www.stringfunction.com/ascii-decimal.html [stringfunction.com]

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @01:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @01:33PM (#28764)

    In that case, I'd prefer 4e656773.org. It's less like shouting.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @01:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @01:35PM (#28765)

    This is clever, and definitely passes the nerdy site, but it would mean absolutely nothing to anyone currently outside of the community. Even nerds. If I saw a string of hex.org, I would not bother to translate it, I would just assume it is a virus deployment website, and move on.

    • (Score: 2) by TK on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:14PM

      by TK (2760) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:14PM (#28846)

      Hear Hear!

      If I saw "Soylent News" on a t-shirt, coffee mug or billboard, I could remember that for later. If I saw a random string of numbers and letters, if I even mentally parsed it as hexadecimal, I sure as hell wouldn't remember enough of the url to even $SearchEngineNameUsedAsAVerb it later that day.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by sgleysti on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:58PM

    by sgleysti (56) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:58PM (#28875)

    This is perhaps the most appropriate place to mention that 8675309 is a prime number.

     

    Thank you, that is all.

    • (Score: 2) by oodaloop on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:03PM

      by oodaloop (1982) <jkaminoffNO@SPAMzoho.com> on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:03PM (#28881)

      mind==blown [aprimenumber.com]

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    • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:07PM

      by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:07PM (#28885) Homepage Journal

      Mind == blown

      If it wasn't just such a hard to remember name >.;;;;

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      • (Score: 2) by Adrian Harvey on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:36PM

        by Adrian Harvey (222) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:36PM (#29021)

        I guess you could just license the music from Tommy Tutone and auto-play it to everyone who visits. Everyone would remember it, all right! Maybe no one would come back, but you would have the satisfaction of leaving the tune going round in everyone's heads for days.

        For those who missed the 80's, or those who miss the 80's, here's the oblig. YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axLRUszuu9I [youtube.com]

        And, I had no it was prime, either... I wonder if Tommy knew

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:29PM (#28890)

      Well, it's just the 582161th prime. Is 582161th-prime.org already taken? :-)

      Oh wait, 582161 itself is also prime. It's the 47752th prime.

      Now 47752 unfortunately is not a prime, but it is 0xba88, which is easy to remember. Also you might read "ba" as shortened "beta". I'm not sure what to make of the 88, though.