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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 http://www.thefreedictionary.com/apt 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: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16 2014, @05:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16 2014, @05:27PM (#44302)

    How would you know, #2760

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  • (Score: 1) by karmawhore on Friday May 16 2014, @05:56PM

    by karmawhore (1635) on Friday May 16 2014, @05:56PM (#44319)

    Yeah, he must not have signed up until at least the second week! :)

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    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Friday May 16 2014, @06:20PM

      by mhajicek (51) on Friday May 16 2014, @06:20PM (#44333)

      He's right though.

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      • (Score: 1) by karmawhore on Friday May 16 2014, @06:47PM

        by karmawhore (1635) on Friday May 16 2014, @06:47PM (#44342)

        I was trying to convey sarcasm with the :) at the end. I think we can consider everyone here to have been here "from the beginning."

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        • (Score: 2) by Jaruzel on Friday May 16 2014, @07:34PM

          by Jaruzel (812) on Friday May 16 2014, @07:34PM (#44373) Homepage Journal

          In that ilk, maybe a design suggestion be that UIDs are not shown on comments? If we're all supposed to be equal members of the community then UID one-upman-ship have no place here. I love my 3 digit UID (would have preferred a 2 digit, but I was too slow - I didn't sign up for oh, at least 4 hours after go-live), but in the end, it's only important to me - and if people want to see my UID - well they can head over to my user profile and see it there (and read my journal while they are there).

          Follow on thought before I click submit - It'd still be good to see 'new' users (to ward off shill accounts etc) - so a simple 'new' icon in place of the UID for account less than say 1 month old.

          -Jar

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          • (Score: 1) by paulej72 on Friday May 16 2014, @09:06PM

            by paulej72 (58) on Friday May 16 2014, @09:06PM (#44438) Journal

            Jaruzel it does not matter that you waited 4 hours, by the end of the closed alpha, we had already gotten to 3 digits. If I remember correctly we had about 130 in the alpha. Personally I am still pissed that I did not get a lower UID :p

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            • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Friday May 16 2014, @09:25PM

              by mhajicek (51) on Friday May 16 2014, @09:25PM (#44446)

              Yeah, I was mostly jumping in to flaunt mine. =P

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              • (Score: 2) by stderr on Friday May 16 2014, @11:08PM

                by stderr (11) on Friday May 16 2014, @11:08PM (#44490) Journal

                Yeah, I was mostly jumping in to flaunt mine. =P

                Yeah, whatever...

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          • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Friday May 16 2014, @10:56PM

            by Angry Jesus (182) on Friday May 16 2014, @10:56PM (#44482)

            > If we're all supposed to be equal members of the community then UID one-upman-ship
            > have no place here.

            Anyone who actually tries to seriously apply UID one-upmanship immediately reveals themselves as someone whose opinion is suspect. So no harm done. Meanwhile they do occasionally make for a good joke (ironic "you must be new here" etc).

            • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Friday May 16 2014, @11:46PM

              by mrcoolbp (68) <mrcoolbp@soylentnews.org> on Friday May 16 2014, @11:46PM (#44509) Homepage

              I thought it was all in good fun.

              Oh, while I'm here, I'm torn a bit because there are a few names I like, but I'll probably go with sudonews. Easy to type, "geeky," and it's a pun; yes, it's slightly confusing, but easy explaned "s-u-d-o news").

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          • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Saturday May 17 2014, @04:51AM

            by Reziac (2489) on Saturday May 17 2014, @04:51AM (#44582) Homepage

            I like having the UID visible. Sometimes I remember that instead of the name (or at least it reminds me who I'm talking to).

            But more important, it's good for cross-checking against lookalike usernames.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16 2014, @05:58PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 16 2014, @05:58PM (#44322)

    uid #'s arn't a ranking system and using them in that way only discourages community expansion. Besides, having a high uid doesn't necessarily mean the user hasn't been here from the beginning. There are always more lurkers than registered users, not everyone needs a journal. In fact, the only real reason so far to have an id is to participate in this site name vote.

    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Friday May 16 2014, @06:22PM

      by mhajicek (51) on Friday May 16 2014, @06:22PM (#44334)

      Or to be recognized and build friendships.

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    • (Score: 1) by youngatheart on Friday May 16 2014, @07:26PM

      by youngatheart (42) on Friday May 16 2014, @07:26PM (#44367)

      Sure, that's what you'd expect from someone who doesn't hold the number associated with the answer to life, the universe and everything.

      Just kidding of course. I'm actually in favor of hiding the user ID at some point in the future.

      • (Score: 2) by chromas on Friday May 16 2014, @08:12PM

        by chromas (34) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 16 2014, @08:12PM (#44406) Journal

        That's a pretty good number but I like that mine has that special rule associated with it :)

  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday May 16 2014, @06:20PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Friday May 16 2014, @06:20PM (#44332)

    Insulted on UID by an AC. Wow.

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