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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:52PM (#28822)

    I can sympathize that we don't want the clutter of "share on" buttons.

    But I don't think we should necessarily rule out 'social media' altogether. Once there's a permanent name and things are fairly stable, we might want to start actively trying to recruit new users. Some of the kind of users we would want do use social media.

    For example, I bet a large protion of Brian Krebs [twitter.com]'s 57800 Twitter followers would be quite at home here. Example 2: Linus Torvalds uses Google Plus [google.com].

     
    So I would actually suggest that "share on" buttons should ideally be an optional feature that can be enabled in the user settings.

  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:05PM

    by captain normal (2205) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:05PM (#28922)

    Recruit? I'm more of the thinking that if you build it, they will find it and come.

    --
    "If men were angels, government would not be necessary." James Madison
  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:05PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:05PM (#28923)

    No one we want here uses Facebook.

    • (Score: 2) by egcagrac0 on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:21PM

      by egcagrac0 (2705) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:21PM (#28935)

      Not true. I will, however, stipulate that no one we want here uses "Share this on Facebook!" buttons.

      • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:28PM

        by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:28PM (#28938)

        Fair enough. I have to admit I do use Facebook, but only when my (non-techie) wife sends me something there. I never actually post anything there, and don't really have any friends there.

        • (Score: 2) by hatta on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:56PM

          by hatta (879) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:56PM (#29123)

          If you weren't married, you might find Facebook a little more useful.

    • (Score: 2) by hatta on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:30PM

      by hatta (879) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @07:30PM (#29018)

      Facebook is a tool. We want people here who are experts at the use of any tool.

      • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:02PM

        by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:02PM (#29052)

        You want MySpace experts? Or AOL experts?

        No thanks.

        • (Score: 2) by hatta on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:49PM

          by hatta (879) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:49PM (#29121)

          Yes. If some hacker has found a practical use for those sites, I want to hear about it. The apparent uselessness of those sites would make that story all the more interesting.

    • (Score: 1) by q.kontinuum on Thursday April 10 2014, @12:04AM

      by q.kontinuum (532) on Thursday April 10 2014, @12:04AM (#29160) Journal

      Speak for yourself only ;-) I have a Facebook account and use it once in a while. (From a separate user account on my Fedora machine, explicitly set up for only this purpose - the account, not the whole computer.)
      nevertheless I'd prefer to have no google analytics, Facebook ike, Twitter or whatever 3rd party crap as well.

      --
      Registered IRC nick on chat.soylentnews.org: qkontinuum