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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: 3, Informative) by AudioGuy on Thursday April 24 2014, @10:32PM

    by AudioGuy (24) on Thursday April 24 2014, @10:32PM (#35822) Journal

    Ok, I admit it. I am just as curious about the outcome of this as the next person. And, THIS time, I am the Keeper of the Keys! Cool. So, while I cannot run the final totals yet, - hey - "I know Unix!" I have the RAW POWAH of grep, regex, sed ... at my disposal! I should be able to take a peek, figure this out, and then *I*, and *I* alone, will know the likely winner, *I* will have the secret knowledge, the Inside Information, the Knowing Smile! [cue dememnted cackle, stroke cat]

    So now, *you* can know just what I found out, if you are one of the insiders reading this post: I now know, with 100% certainty, that:

    . ... I don't have a clue. I tried, I really did. This kind of ranking system defies any short form of check like that. Can't look at just the 9's, because 8's could easily overrule that, use both, different results. 7s,6s,combinations, they all look different.

    The only thing I can say with some confidence, is that there are AT LEAST 10 top contenders, any one of which could easily beat the others in the final.

    So anyone who thinks this is in any way pre-ordained for soylent, or any other name, well, it just isn't. Even all the 1's can knock ANY contender off its perch in the right circumstances.

    The only way to find out, is at the end, and if you are holding back from voting because you think this is a shoo-in, you are seriously mistaken.

    You are going to have to vote, and wait, just like me.


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  • (Score: 2) by GlennC on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:39PM

    by GlennC (3656) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:39PM (#37638)

    That's not the only thing we could do.

    Personally, I'm just not going to give a shit about the name and just contribute.

    Sorry folks...the world is bigger and more varied than you want it to be. Deal with it.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:34AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 06 2014, @09:34AM (#40076)

    Any insider information about when we can expect the results of the vote?