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:
This is how it will work:
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 is where the staff votes upon the exact same list as the community did (the combined list).
10 staff voted.
- All Rankings -44 grepnews or newsgrep40 soylentnews28 techmatter25 sudonews24 salientnews or salientnoise18 crosslog6 dailybacon6 forkdot5 apt-get-news
- First choices only-27 soylentnews27 grepnews or newsgrep9 techmatter9 salientnews or salientnoise9 sudonews
- First and Second choices only -35 grepnews or newsgrep27 soylentnews17 salientnews or salientnoise17 sudonews9 techmatter8 crosslog
This is very close. So close, in fact it made a lot of people on staff very uncomfortable with going with such a narrow staff win, against the wishes of the community which had both a much larger voter base and a much more clear choice for its favorite.
A decision was made in irc to have one more staff vote, this time on just one single issue. A new poll was started, with these choices:
 We should use the community vote results. I disagree
The results were:
63 We should use the community vote results.9 I disagree.
So there you have it. Pretty much a landslide.
The new name is...drum roll...
With the following next in line (in order) for backups, if that name should become unusable due to copyright conflicts:
grepnews or newsgrepsudonewstechmatterapt-get-newssalientnews or salientnoiseforkdotdailybaconcrosslog
And wouldn't you know it, after all that, I made a typo in the last, final, name that mattered.
Let's make that name: soylentnews.org. :-)
It probably would have been wise to have had a run-off vote between soylentnews, and newsgrep (or grepnews), so that way all the anti-soylent news people would be splitting votes across all those choices. I mean the votes for everything other than soylentnews way outnumbered soylentnews. It should have been required that the winner achieved a true majority, and since that wasn't the case, reduce the number of choices until one does (or just go for two right away).I say this as someone who, in fact, did vote for soylentnews as the name. It just doesn't seem fair though, that it was picked with less than majority..
I think there's something in the US water that makes people incapable of doing a two-candidate run-off. :)