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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: 3, Interesting) by Murdoc on Saturday May 17 2014, @12:39AM

    by Murdoc (2518) on Saturday May 17 2014, @12:39AM (#44530)

    It seems most of the ones I voted for didn't make it, but that's not unusual for me. :p None of these are perfect IMO, but here's what I think:

    • apt-get-news, grepnews OR newsgrep, sudonews: I think these are too tech-centric, specifically *NIX. To me site this is about geek culture, and that spans more than just this narrow range of topics. Computers themselves cover a lot more ground than that, and beyond that, there is much more to technology than just computers. Beyond that, we have science, sci-fi/SF, fantasy, anime, even some other stuff I'm sure. So I think that these names would only attract or appeal to a narrow range of geeks, when we could get so much more.
    • crosslog: I like the explanation above for it, but that's just it, I liked it after I read the explanation, and it's not a quick-easy slogan like "Soylent News is People". Plus yeah some people will see it as a possible religious site.
    • dailybacon: I like bacon as much as any of us, but I don't see this meme having anything to do with this site, aside from possibly an in-joke, which is never good for attracting outsiders. Imagine if /. had been named "natalieportmanandgrits" or something.
    • forkdot: If we name it this we are resigned to forever living in the shadow of those we hope to get away from and surpass, particularly as their name becomes increasingly associated with selling out to corporate interests, which is the opposite of what we're about.
    • salientnews OR salientnoise: Salient to who? To our community? Isn't that true of every news site, supposedly? If I was new to the site and saw that name, I'd have to wonder "But what makes it salient to me?" Actually it sounds like a boast that the news will be salient to you, no matter who you are. Not only arrogant, but sounds like the kind of things corporate sites are trying to tell me all the time: "10 Things You Have to Know About Snookie!" Really? I have to?
    • soylentnews: Ok, I get the negative connotations, but the slogan makes up for a lot of that. Plus I don't actually know that many people familiar enough with the movie that they'll be grossed out by it, unless they're geeks, in which case they'll either find it funny, or you can whip out the slogan and they'll likely find it clever. Plus the slogan itself is very appealing and descriptive of what the site is about. So not perfect, but the best one out of these choices as far as I can see.
    • techmatter: Again, too tech oriented, but not as bad as the *NIX based ones. Also I agree that it's kinda boring.
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