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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 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: 1) by VitalMoss on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:55PM

    by VitalMoss (3789) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @02:55PM (#28824)

    I don't know, why not? I mean, until facebook finally keels over and dies (Someone, get on making a decent social site please), it's how I communicate with a lot of my friends and family.

  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:20PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:20PM (#28933)

    There already is a better social networking "site"; it's called "Diaspora". The only kind of social networking anyone should be using is decentralized, so some shitty company like Facebook can't mine the data or pervert it some other way.

    • (Score: 1) by VitalMoss on Thursday April 10 2014, @03:42PM

      by VitalMoss (3789) on Thursday April 10 2014, @03:42PM (#29496)

      It's not really a site, first off, on top of that most contacts are still on facebook or google+.
      It's only good to have an alternative if people use it.

      • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday April 10 2014, @04:27PM

        by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday April 10 2014, @04:27PM (#29535)

        Yep, the old chicken-and-egg problem.

        But if people are going to continue to use Facebook (and G+), they really have no right to complain about Facebook's anti-privacy practices or any other practices. If you want to take control of what you share with others, and with whom, you need to use decentralized social networking.