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posted by mrcoolbp on Friday May 16 2014, @04:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the democracy-at-work dept.

Phew, we are almost there, we've reached the last phase of voting. The final list of names is:

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

All of the above names we have confirmed in at least *.net and *.org, and we even have a few *.com (where possible). There are some new names because the staff held a round to submit and vote also. The above list was created by using the top 5 from both staff and the community, and two extras due to possible copyright issues with two of the names (soylent and apt-get-news).

There were a few names that were nearly identical, the two pairs are listed as one entry (with the variation that got the most points listed first). Should one of these win there will be a runoff to determine which variation gets used. (This is done to keep from splitting the vote for very close names).

The final round of voting will go out within 24 hours after this post and last for one week. We would like to provide an opportunity to discuss the finalists, so here is your chance, discuss below. If you change your mind after seeing an insightful comment, remember you can always change your vote by sending it in again (only most recent will count). We collected a quick writeup from as many submissions as possible to allow for discussion. Some names have more than one advocate due to multiple submitters; conversely, some submitters didn't reply.

Site Name: crosslog

islisis writes:

The idea behind this was to highlight the cross-fertilisation and communication of expert community voices I have cherished over the years. I hoped that our site name could represent that value to outsiders. To me, the site is also a record of our experiences through tech events, and a valuable log and testament to the lives which dared to ride the wave.

cosurgi writes:

Our site is cross-logging events from around the world. The "cross" means that various different disciplines are inter weaved together.

Site Name: sudonews

gishzida writes:

"Sudo" is a pun on both a *nix shell command to "execute a command as if you are the system superuser" and on the word "Pseudo" i.e. not genuine... both of these things represent the kind of environment our site operates in--- we find news stories, we edit them then we expand upon them factually or contra-factually... laughing, flaming, learning, teaching, and hopefully building friendships and consensus.

Site Name: apt-get-news

gishzida writes:

The name is based on the shell command in some linux distributions [Debian, Ubuntu, etc]. Apt-get is used to reach out to a software repository to obtain and install software. "apt-get-news" reflects the idea that we reach out to get and install news in our community to discuss.

I have been surprised by this community and whatever the name ends up being I know it will be the starting point of something great.

cosurgi writes:

Our site has "natural tendency" to "get" the "news" from around the world. (second meaning of apt on is "natural tendency")

Site Name: grepnews, newsgrep

AudioGuy writes:

This name was interesting to me because it instantly provides knowledge of what the site does, and who it is targeted to, from the very name itself. Grep is a command line program that searches a mass of data for information matching a certain pattern. Our site searches a mass of data ('news') for information ('stories') that match a certain pattern ('would be of interest to our community of users')

Our users are mostly of a somewhat technical bent, and tend to use computers in a fairly sophisticated way, so would likely know what 'grep' means. So just from the name one might assume this was some sort of news aggregation site aimed at more technical users. In this respect, it has some similarity with another, similar sites name.

Site Name: salientnews or salientnoise

AudioGuy writes:

Another description of exactly what our site does - it looks for news that is salient to our community of users. It does not indicate a preference for purely technical news.

Site Name: techmatter

middlemen writes:

The name "techmatter" is derived from Breaking Bad's "Grey Matter" corporation of which Walter White used to be a part of. Since Soylent News is predominantly a technological oriented website, the name "techmatter" makes sense. It also is safe for work and is easy to market to other folks who are already into technology or who will be part of the community in the future.

Marketing is everything.

AudioGuy writes:

This is a very general name indicating a site that concerns itself with technical matters, that can easily expand its meaning to different uses. I was surprised it was still available.

Site name: forkdot

geottie writes:

Well, pretty simple: our site (& community) is a fork of and has a similar ring to the site we came from and will serve us as a reminder of our effort as a community. The name represents the core values and principles of Free Software & Open Source, which, when followed truly, are always guided by the community. Our community is part of this larger culture/movement and this name will remind us and following generations to continue standing for Freedom and uphold our belief and ability to work towards and defend a genuine, Free Internet for the benefit and advancement of earth, humanity and our society. Huzzah^H^H^H^H^H^H Woot!

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by gman003 on Friday May 16 2014, @04:39PM

    by gman003 (4155) on Friday May 16 2014, @04:39PM (#44269)

    I don't like this one, both because of the dashes (which are unusual for names and URLs), and because it sounds too narrow. This isn't news about apt, this isn't news about Linux, this is news about general nerd stuff.

    Seems suitable, although I wonder how many confused christians we'll get thinking it's a site for them. Probably not too many, but worth considering.

    Ugh, bacon is too "meme"-y. If the goal of this site is to bring back the original spirit of Slashdot - a relatively small community of insightful commenters talking about significant news - we don't want to pick a name more suited to a Reddit clone.

    I'd prefer to split more emphatically from Slashdot. Besides, the name itself doesn't seem meaningful other than "it's like slashdot, but isn't slashdot".

    grepnews OR newsgrep
    No objections here. Honestly this seems like the best one of the set.

    salientnews OR salientnoise
    Maybe? It doesn't make much of a tech reference, and a pun based on a temporary name of the site seems like something we'll regret in a decade.

    I've never really been too fond of this name. It's a pop-culture reference that really doesn't have anything to do with the site.

    Is the "pseudo-news" pun deliberate? I really can't tell. And even as a sudo pun, what's the "news" command that needs to be run as root?

    Seems very generic. It's a suitable name, but might be hard to remember amidst all the other /tech.*/ sites.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by islisis on Friday May 16 2014, @05:12PM

    by islisis (2901) on Friday May 16 2014, @05:12PM (#44292) Homepage

    Seems suitable, although I wonder how many confused christians we'll get thinking it's a site for them.

    i hope not, try rotating another orientation, abbreviated as in 'Xlog'

    anyhow, personally i'll be voting for sudonews :) got a good laugh out of me. news fit for superusers, but hidden as always with a healthy dose of self-deprecation :)

  • (Score: 1) by VanessaE on Friday May 16 2014, @05:14PM

    by VanessaE (3396) <> on Friday May 16 2014, @05:14PM (#44293) Journal

    Agreed on the bacon and on forkdot. If I had to pick one of these, and Soylent weren't among the list, it'd be apt-get-news, with techmatter being my second choice.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by ls671 on Friday May 16 2014, @10:04PM

    by ls671 (891) on Friday May 16 2014, @10:04PM (#44459) Homepage

    apt-get-news seems way too much flavor specific to me ;-(

    Everything I write is lies, including this sentence.
  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mojo chan on Saturday May 17 2014, @09:35AM

    by mojo chan (266) on Saturday May 17 2014, @09:35AM (#44610)

    IMHO they all suck. Sorry, but they do. Half of us were locked out of the suggestion phase anyway, and there are no published results for the first round of voting.

    Come on guys. It's a web site with user accounts and voting built in, the proverbial piss-up in a brewery. If there was an option for "abandon the whole thing and start over" that would get my [9] vote.

    const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs)
    • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Saturday May 17 2014, @02:57PM

      by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Saturday May 17 2014, @02:57PM (#44641) Homepage

      We had no intention of "locking people out," in fact we only received one email from a user asking to be signed up, went through the hundreds of comments [] on multiple articles regarding the vote and contacted users that didn't make it in, and got them signed up. We also scraped the comments for people suggesting names that didn't wish to sign up and manually added those in [] our selves.

      Then in a clarifying post [] we added this:

      "If you are unable to submit a name through the formal process as a last resort the name can be submitted to or you can pester a staff member on IRC via a private message"

      (Score:1^½, Radical)
      • (Score: 2) by mojo chan on Thursday May 22 2014, @08:21AM

        by mojo chan (266) on Thursday May 22 2014, @08:21AM (#46295)

        So can I submit a name or not?

        const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs)
        • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Thursday May 22 2014, @03:51PM

          by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Thursday May 22 2014, @03:51PM (#46410) Homepage

          Unfortunately, the submission round ended a month ago.

          (Score:1^½, Radical)
          • (Score: 2) by mojo chan on Thursday May 22 2014, @05:01PM

            by mojo chan (266) on Thursday May 22 2014, @05:01PM (#46448)

            Exactly, it ended before some people were even aware it was happening.

            const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs)