We've finally reached the end. The name will be....
I know, it's a bit anti-climactic, but we've gone over the results and our current name won by a significant margin. We'll follow up with a post detailing the voting results in a few days.
Edit: The results data are available in responses to this comment.
For what it's worth, there were a lot of us that would have like to see the name change. The staff even had a chance to override this decision, but instead we decided to support the community's choice.
I'd like to thank everyone who spent a lot of time (and in some cases money) suggesting domains, voting, and bearing with us through this long complex process. It turned into a huge, non-trivial task to pull off, and I appreciate your patience and understanding. We listened to your criticisms of the process as well and we've learned a lot about how we can significantly improve this process for the future.
Okay, now cue all the "I told you that SoylentNews would win!1!!1!!" comments...
This was one of the big issues I had as part of the build up of me taking over as head of the site. The should have been well under way before I ever was head of operations. Instead, it didn't even get started until I took over, plus the other issues that go. I've got more to write about it, and that will go up with a post soonish.
I'm not hugely happy that SN won, but it was by such a significant margin that it would have been a slap to the community had we gone with anythng else.
If it was the apparent will of the community, then there is nothing more to say. I wish the project all the best an encourage anyone who has the slightest inclination to put themselves forward and help out. Cheers everyone.
Me, I'm glad SN won -- but I'm more glad you guys are going with the community instead of against it. We've got a lot of years to come in us. :)
Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from leaving things late then. It's possible people simply got too used to the name to process any change.
Considering some of the staff comments in this post, it may have been useful to have heard their reasons before the vote, too.
"Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from leaving things late then. It's possible people simply got too used to the name to process any change."
Well yes, but I'm sure there were a lot of more immediate issues with which to deal as things were getting started.
"Considering some of the staff comments in this post, it may have been useful to have heard their reasons before the vote, too."
I certainly agree with this. I kind of get the feeling the staff wanted a change for some reason as I never saw any posts from the community complaining about the name. Perhaps if the staff would have simply presented a case for a change the community would have rubber stamped it. Maybe they thought it was better to stay above the fray, but ultimately if the staff is unhappy I see little chance the community will survive.
"I never saw any posts from the community complaining about the name."
There were many actually.
"Perhaps if the staff would have simply presented a case for a change the community would have rubber stamped it."
From the "Name Finalists [soylentnews.org]" article text:
"and two extras due to possible copyright issues with two of the names (soylent and apt-get-news)"
Many people had already mentioned issues with this name, I didn't personally feel it was necessary to reiterate those thoughts. Some hate the name, but many more seem to like it.
There were numerous deficiencies in this. It's a crying shame.
For the record I believe this name choice is a mistake and the process was poorly designed and executed. For this reason I have left the project, and this should serve as a warning because I am not the first to have walked over substandard management in this project. Nonetheless I sincerely wish the project best of luck.
Wait, even NCommander himself agrees that the site name is TERRIBLE? What a travesty. He should have taken the initiative to change it and use something presentable.
There's NO reason he couldn't do it anyway. The "community" voted for a known quantity because of fear. Don't let their stupidity and fear ruin the site you're dedicating so much of your time and money to, NCommander.
SoylentNews is an awful, ridiculous name that damns this site to obscurity.
He didn't say it was "terrible" he just said he "I'm not hugely happy that SN won". It's a matter of opinion really, there are comments damning the name, comments praising it, and pretty much everything in between. That's why we rolled with the majority of the community's choice. I'm not sure what you mean by they voted out of "fear," but not respecting that decision is worse in my mind.