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posted by NCommander on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the apt-get-install-democracy dept.
I wanted to get feedback on how the community feels about our current name vote. There have been some concerns that we've had relatively small percentage (~10 percent) of members register to vote, and wanted to see if there was something more fundamental going on. As it is currently setup, here's how things are
  • You had to be registered by April 12th to have been included in the name vote; if you received a ballot for submission, you should have gotten ranking ballot
  • We haven't retroactively added in additional users, though it hasn't been clear that there was a hard cutoff
  • The submission phase went until the 19th, and the vote for the name will continue until the 27th
  • The current system is email only (but we are looking at getting something integrated into the website implemented for future votes)

I want to hear your feedback below from everyone. Based on what we get back, we'll roll improvements into future votes, or if need be, reset the vote and do it again; I know a lot of you are active here or at least more involved, so the relatively low turnout is a warning canary for me. Leave your comments below, and expect another story in a few days to see how we're using your comments.

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Snow on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:07PM

    by Snow (1601) on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:07PM (#35165) Journal

    I didn't know that it was time to vote. The email ended up in the spam folder. Looking at it now... IMO, SoylentNews is the best name by a pretty good margin, although maybe I'm just used to it now.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Horse With Stripes on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:40PM

    by Horse With Stripes (577) on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:40PM (#35195)
    Though I am not a fan of the current name, I have to agree that nothing on the list stood out to me as being any better (though fuckbeta.com was tempting, I'm betting too many work filters will block or flag it). I do have to give a big thumbs up to legitworksite.com for being the funniest name submitted.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Hairyfeet on Wednesday April 23 2014, @11:34PM

    by Hairyfeet (75) <{bassbeast1968} {at} {gmail.com}> on Wednesday April 23 2014, @11:34PM (#35246) Journal

    I voted but I voted to keep the name as i think its the right amount of geek snark and a statement of what we were getting away from with Slashdot (being treated like a product) so I think its a REALLY good name. Maybe many feel as i do and just see no point in fixing what ain't broke?

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday April 23 2014, @11:56PM

      by Gaaark (41) on Wednesday April 23 2014, @11:56PM (#35258) Journal

      ^this.

      Just drop it, in my opinion. I like it, it's got a good beat and it's goes good while i read by bicycle-powered light... I give it a 10 (or a 9, if that is the highest, but mine goes 11). The ONLY change i'd make is to call it soylent-green, or soylentgreen or something.

      drop the vote and keep on truckin'! :)

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      • (Score: 1) by Jeremiah Cornelius on Thursday April 24 2014, @12:17AM

        by Jeremiah Cornelius (2785) on Thursday April 24 2014, @12:17AM (#35264) Journal

        Joined 14th, I was holding out.

        Never got a ballot.

        I think the site should be named "Richard Harris". It's a good name, and no one is using it, anymore.

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      • (Score: 2) by moondrake on Thursday April 24 2014, @08:36AM

        by moondrake (2658) on Thursday April 24 2014, @08:36AM (#35408)

        Too late. You cannot drop it now. Either call a vote and vote or do not call vote. Dropping the vote at this moment makes the team seem incompetent and frustrates a percentage of users that DID want to vote on it.

        If you are happy with the same, you should vote to keep it. If you did not, do not bitch when it gets changed.

        What may be done by the staff is to call another round of voting (including new registration) for the people that somehow missed the name.

    • (Score: 1) by Iskender on Thursday April 24 2014, @01:33AM

      by Iskender (470) on Thursday April 24 2014, @01:33AM (#35301)

      I voted but I voted to keep the name as i think its the right amount of geek snark and a statement of what we were getting away from with Slashdot (being treated like a product) so I think its a REALLY good name. Maybe many feel as i do and just see no point in fixing what ain't broke?

      I'll be sad if it turns out to be the winner. On one hand, we have some good, nerdy suggestions.

      On the other we have a reference to a cheesy 70s movie and its totally done-to-death meme. The message of the site's current name and slogan is that the news provided here are made from the mutilated, ground-down and processed corpses of the users - for me it doesn't work even as a comment on Slashdot's policies of late. The movie is not even very well regarded in the scifi fandom, and its meme is really mainstream. The current name doesn't describe our community at all.

      If the current name wins in the end, it will be all due to inertia, and the curse of temporary names.

      (Disclaimer: the "Home" scene in Soylent Green was really good. It conveyed the feeling of loss very well. But the site's name is from the sucky last scene, not to mention I don't think profound loss is what I want to think of on a news site)

      • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Friday April 25 2014, @08:50PM

        by Hairyfeet (75) <{bassbeast1968} {at} {gmail.com}> on Friday April 25 2014, @08:50PM (#36335) Journal

        I didn't see any of the others that weren't frankly forgettable and shouldn't we try to remember WHY we moved away from /. the whole being treated as a commodity with no say in the matter? Soylent reminds those of us old guys that started that we were getting away from being treated as product while letting newbs think its just a classic geek sci-fi reference. Works for me.

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        ACs are never seen so don't bother. Always ready to show SJWs for the racists they are.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:54AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:54AM (#35347)

      I'm the person who came up with the name so I'm glad you think it's a really good name. I hope we keep it.

  • (Score: 1) by Anonymous Couuard on Thursday April 24 2014, @02:28AM

    by Anonymous Couuard (797) on Thursday April 24 2014, @02:28AM (#35325) Journal

    Mine ended up in the spam folder as well.