Slash Boxes

SoylentNews is people

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!

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 1) by Aiwendil on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:00PM

    by Aiwendil (531) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:00PM (#28833) Journal

    Why is the voting done via email? I would have guessed it would have made more sense with having it as another "preferences"-page and then just have a box/header (or maybe sent as an internal soylent-message) with "vote running"

    Anyhow, I sadly enough won't participate since my email-adress given ends up at a /dev/null except for the few minutes when I actually expect an email to that account - good luck and publish the raw numbers afterwards, and do keep a forward from this domain if something else is chosen.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by mrcoolbp on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:24PM

    by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Wednesday April 09 2014, @03:24PM (#28853) Homepage

    We finally chose this system for this vote as we think it has the least potential for ballot stuffing (no online voting system is perfect), and was the simplest to implement while meeting other requirements. It will likely be refined for future votes.

    (Score:1^½, Radical)
    • (Score: 1) by Aiwendil on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:02PM

      by Aiwendil (531) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:02PM (#28880) Journal

      Ahh, thanks for the quick reply.

      However, I'm curious, what did stop you from using the soylent-messages? Or even better - both sending out the vote-related stuff as email and as soylent-mail [or to a user-selectable option] and then require input from either (or one specific)?

      (I'm curious since I can't for the life of me figure out an instance where an email-address scraped from an account is less tamper-prone than a notification sent to the same account as was being scraped)

      • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Thursday April 10 2014, @03:48AM

        by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Thursday April 10 2014, @03:48AM (#29238) Homepage

        The slash messaging system is kinda borked, and messing with slashcode for the vote only would have further delayed it. After a lot of research and discussion, this is what we came up with for better or worse.

        (Score:1^½, Radical)