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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: 2, Interesting) by gishzida on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:37PM

    by gishzida (2870) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:37PM (#29087) Journal

    Soylent [vegan lent? who Knew?] is less than appealing. The movie starred one of my least favorite actors [they should have gotten Shatner]... and it was sadly the last movie of Edward G. Robinson.

    So if you insist I'll live but to give you a few ideas [debian does news!] [or .com] [a bit of a pun-ish name!]

    or other plays upon this theme.

    I do have a couple of domains I am not using: and no obligation, no strings. I'm offering to transfer them for community use gratis. I also have but I don't think you are planning to open a stock / business news site any time soon so you probably don't need that one.

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  • (Score: 1) by gishzida on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:51PM

    by gishzida (2870) on Wednesday April 09 2014, @08:51PM (#29096) Journal

    To clarify: I do not own apt-get... nor sudo... domains

    I do own the other three domains.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09 2014, @09:38PM (#29118)

    How about

    Who doesn't want news that's apt? If you want apt news, get aptnews!

  • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Wednesday April 16 2014, @08:54PM

    by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Wednesday April 16 2014, @08:54PM (#32427) Homepage

    I'll make sure these get in the running

    (Score:1^½, Radical)