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!
Is this the last story about the name change? So from now on, everything will be done by email?
I actually think there should a front page story & discussion, a few days prior to each community vote, so that the options can be subject to some 'peer review'. This would allow people to make an informed decision about how to vote.
It's quite common in slashcode site polls to see comments like "I voted X, but having seen the above insightful comments I now think Y". Having a discussion in advance should eliminate that.
So based on the plan above, there would be a front page story & discussion at both step 3 and step 5.
(Posting AC to avoid undoing moderations. I don't think the moderate^post change announced here [soylentnews.org] is in place yet, is it?)
We'll be posting to the main page, but the actual suggestion submission + vote is by email. And moderate^post isn't here yet, but I'm working on it :-/