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posted by martyb on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the Happy-Birthday-To-SN! dept.

Exactly one year ago SoylentNews published its very first story: Welcome to SoylentNews!

And what a year it's been!

It all started with a posting at slashdot where an editor claimed they had "listened to their audience" about complaints about the new Beta version of the site that was being rolled out. Many noted that any changes were cosmetic — that it was the community that made that site what it was. And, in inimical nerd fashion, a "SlashCott" was scheduled from February 10-17 wherein the participants pledged to not visit /. for one whole week.

Others took a more active role. The source code for /. was originally made open source and was available on the internet. Sadly, that code had not been maintained and was several years out of date. Some intrepid souls labored long and hard to locate servers, coordinate activities, and get the code knocked into shape. The goal was to create an alternative site that was free from the manipulations of a corporate overlord.

That first story signified a major accomplishment, but the site was still unstable and many features were incomplete, non-functional, or just plain ugly. Many more days of implementation, debugging, and testing were to follow culminating with SN going live to the world on February 17, 2014: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow... Today!.

Much has happened since that nascent story first graced the 'net. There have been changes in our all-volunteer staff. We had votes for the name of the site. We implemented UTF-8 support so stories and comments can include any valid character. We incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation — on USA's Independence Day no less! We have an on-line store where you can buy SoylentNews Swag. You can subscribe and help support our site.

By the numbers: Over 5000 accounts have been registered and nearly 5000 stories have been posted to the site. Each story is read from 500-2000 times by logged-in users, and approximately 10 times as many Anonymous Cowards. More importantly, nearly 150,000 comments have been posted by you, our community.

Today, we have a small but dedicated group of volunteers who keep the site running. They keep the OS up-to-date on our servers, maintain our Wiki, e-mail, and IRC channels. They add features and fix bugs in the SN code base. Others edit and publish stories to appear on the site. We have a Board of Directors who take care of the legal sides of things. A treasurer who follows the finances. And there are still others who help in a non-technical, but just as necessary capacity in keeping the site humming along.

So, hats off to all who have helped build this site to what it is today!

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by c0lo on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:40AM

    by c0lo (156) on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:40AM (#143975) Journal

    Personal story: before SN launched, I was in a quite depressive mood; the reason (important for the context): at the office, we were circling a project for about 2 years, with no more than 3 false starts and heaps of effort wasted.

    In this context, SN's birth reminded me that, somewhere on this world, there still are people that manage to do something with meaning in a short amount of time.

    (an ode to the Duct Tape Programmer [joelonsoftware.com])

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:18PM (#144076)

    is it just me or does the very first story link https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/02/12/0715245tid [soylentnews.org]

    upon pasting the link into this comment i realise its the "tid" at the end

    the proper link is: https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/02/12/0715245 [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:39PM

      by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:39PM (#144087) Homepage Journal

      Ugh, yeah that one's on me. I wrote a bug into the editors' page that causes it. Fixed for this story.

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      • (Score: 3) by martyb on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:51PM

        by martyb (76) on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:51PM (#144095) Journal

        Actually, the trailing "tid" seems to have returned... edited story, deleted: "tid.*", and without previewing, saved the page. That seems to save a version to the DB that renders correctly. We may be one year old, but there's still the occasional teething problem. (I can't wait until we get to the "Terrible Twos"! =)

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