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:
This is how it will work:
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!
True, easy and simple to remember.
On the other hand, my first association about 'soylent' is the food substitute [wikipedia.org]. Unless someone knows the history about /. and so on, how he is expected to think this site is for nerd news and not about the food?
Still, how we are going to avoid the Open Office trap? For many years people were told 'use Open Office instead of MS Office'. Than the split came and the new motto is 'use Libre Office'. Wait, what, you used to say to use Open Office ...
Well, my first association is something which could also be considered to be a food substitute ... but is green and made of people.
So if I were to extrapolate on that premise I would come to the conclusion this site is in fact a news substitute.
I don't think people getting confused that easily is the target audience here ;-)