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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 codemachine on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:06PM

    by codemachine (1333) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:06PM (#28884)

    Might it not make sense to put up a poll, and see if there is already an overwhelming consensus, before going to a more complicated setup?

    I've seen professional sports teams choose their name in a simpler manner than we're going to be naming this site.

  • (Score: 2) by RobotMonster on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:39PM

    by RobotMonster (130) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:39PM (#28897) Journal

    Why lot let each member of the community choose one letter each?
    How long can domain names be? :)

    • (Score: 1) by francois.barbier on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:04PM

      by francois.barbier (651) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @05:04PM (#28920)

      Check this one out:
      http://fautvraimentetreconpouravoiruneadresseinter []

      It translates to something like:
      "you-must-really-be-stupid-to-have-such-a-long-int ernet-address"

    • (Score: 2) by stderr on Thursday April 10 2014, @02:19AM

      by stderr (11) on Thursday April 10 2014, @02:19AM (#29211) Journal

      How long can domain names be? :)

      Each part ("label") can be up to 63 characters long and the total length of a hostname must be 253 characters or less.

      alias sudo="echo make it yourself #" # ... and get off my lawn!
      • (Score: 2) by RobotMonster on Thursday April 10 2014, @03:55AM

        by RobotMonster (130) on Thursday April 10 2014, @03:55AM (#29242) Journal

        Damn that's not long enough for everybody to get a character each. We'll have to move to half-bits.
        I propose that each user gets to decide half a bit of the name, ordered by UID :-)

  • (Score: 2) by skullz on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:41PM

    by skullz (2532) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @04:41PM (#28900)

    Yeah but those are jocks. We're nerds.

    What would a solution be if it wasn't over engineered?