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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 SoylentNews.org. 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) by AudioGuy on Monday June 02 2014, @09:41PM

    by AudioGuy (24) on Monday June 02 2014, @09:41PM (#50425) Journal

    The staff vote worked exactly like the community votes, with an initial submission phase.

    The initial email went out with just

    [] soylentnews.org

    just like the communithy vote..

    Six staff submitted names.

    -The initial name submissions were:-

    alphadot.org
    apt-get-news.org
    crosslog.org
    dailybacon.org
    deltachroma.org
    eigentime.org
    forkdot.org
    freedefine.org
    futurians.org
    grepnews.org
    ionews.org
    mindefine.org
    newsgrep.org
    newslash.org
    omnidiscuss.org
    salientnews.org
    salientnoise.org
    sigmanexus.org
    soylentnews.org
    sudonews.org
    techmatter.org

    (Just like the community vote, only names actually submitted could be voted on)

    This initial list went out for ranking.

    11 staff members voted.

    The raw results were:

    -Ranking Results (scores) for all submitted items:-

    36 sudonews.org
    31 salientnews.org
    27 ionews.org
    22 newsgrep.org
    21 techmatter.org
    20 apt-get-news.org
    20 salientnoise.org
    20 grepnews.org
    19 crosslog.org
    18 freedefine.org
    17 futurians.org
    17 deltachroma.org
    17 soylentnews.org
    16 eigentime.org
    16 alphadot.org
    15 sigmanexus.org
    9 newslash.org
    8 omnidiscuss.org
    8 mindefine.org
    7 forkdot.org
    7 dailybacon.org

    No duplicates or cheaters were detected. :-)

    -Final Top 5 for Staff (derived using the same rules used for the community vote)-

    sudonews
    salientnews:salientnoise (similar names)
    newsgrep:grepnews (similar names)
    techmatter
    apt-get-news.org
    crosslog

    Interesting that Soylent did not even make it into the staff top 5.

    -Final Combined List To Be Used For the Final Runoff Votes (Staff and Community)-

    This list is created by combining the top 5 from the community with the top 5 from the staff vote. The list is then alphabetized, and any duplicates removed. This is the list that will be used by both staff and the community for both final votes.

    apt-get-news
    crosslog
    dailybacon
    forkdot
    grepnews or newsgrep
    salientnews or salientnoise
    soylentnews
    sudonews
    techmatter

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   2