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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 was originally made open source and was available on the internet. Sadly, that code had not been maintained and was several years out of date.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, Funny) by Appalbarry on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:45AM

    by Appalbarry (66) on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:45AM (#143978) Journal

    Go here, [soylentnews.org] and put your money where your (anon) mouth is.

    Endorsement: "Since switching to Soylent from That Other Site, I've stopped experiencing erectile dysfunction, my dog has learned to fetch, and I find that I am entirely too attractive to The Ladies."

    And yes, being elected to the Senate as a Republican doesn't hurt either.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by q.kontinuum on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:49AM

    by q.kontinuum (532) on Thursday February 12 2015, @07:49AM (#143980) Journal

    And yes, being elected to the Senate as a Republican doesn't hurt either.

    THAT is a matter of opinion.

    --
    Registered IRC nick on chat.soylentnews.org: qkontinuum
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:56AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:56AM (#144028)

      And yes, being elected to the Senate as a Republican doesn't hurt either.

      THAT is a matter of opinion.

      Of course. If your opinion doesn't align with the republican party line, you'll probably have a hard time as a Republican senator (but then, you probably wouldn't be elected as one anyway).

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:03AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:03AM (#143984)
    Somehow, I don't see that gold star of a subscriber near you name. You bought lotsa swag or you don't feel like putting your money where you fingers are? (you save for the next election?)
    Just mocking you, no hard feelings, right?
    • (Score: 3, Informative) by pTamok on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:22AM

      by pTamok (3042) on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:22AM (#144019)

      There is an option in an account's preferences to not display the subscription star. Some people may be choosing not to display their subscription status.

      This means you cannot assume that lack of a star means that somebody has not subscribed.

      In my view, this is a good thing.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by c0lo on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:34AM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:34AM (#144022) Journal

        In my view, this is a good thing.

        Yeah, maybe... I chose to let mine displayed because it's a "statement by example": the moment I'll see that counter showing 100%, then I'll hide it.

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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by q.kontinuum on Thursday February 12 2015, @04:58PM

          by q.kontinuum (532) on Thursday February 12 2015, @04:58PM (#144218) Journal

          the moment I'll see that counter showing 100%, then I'll hide it.

          I won't. I think it is still is a good thing to set an example, even after 100% is reached. The more money comes in, the more possibilities to work on new features. IIRC there were some discussions to provide some disk space to share some pictures or similar things, and I still would like an option to get a diaspora account hosted on this server and tied to my account here. But this probably won't happen as long as the operating costs are hardly covered.

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          Registered IRC nick on chat.soylentnews.org: qkontinuum
          • (Score: 3, Informative) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:10PM

            by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:10PM (#144228) Homepage Journal

            One of the perks of being small and lacking much in the way of bureaucracy: Custom requests can be handled on a case by case basis. Hit admin@soylentnews.org up with whatever idea you have and we should be able to get back to you soon-ish with an idea of if/when/how much.

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            My rights don't end where your fear begins.
    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 13 2015, @01:01AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 13 2015, @01:01AM (#144430)

      I block images (and pretty much anything that isn't readable text).
      Does anyone read the site via Lynx or other text-only app?

      -- gewg_

  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by c0lo on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:19AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:19AM (#143989) Journal
    (mumble... I dunno... all the attributes of a typical spam ad)
    (grin)
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:04PM (#144072)

    Ah, it's almost that time again. Subscribed under an old nick, can't believe it's almost up. I must pick a new username, although I'm not sure what it should be.

    Endorsement: “Since switching to Soylent from ash nazg…” *waits for the ominous cloud to pass* “I've trained a womyn-born-womyn in programming, increased my breast size by 2 cups, learned basic furnace repair, and found a time machine involving a convoluted love plot with the beefcake Brunel.”

    Do your part! Service guarantees citizenship!

    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:25PM

      by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:25PM (#144079) Homepage Journal

      Gives me an idea... What do you lot think about charging $5 or $10 to change a nickname but keep the same uid? Again, this ain't official. I don't make monetary or site policy decisions.

      --
      My rights don't end where your fear begins.
      • (Score: 2) by tibman on Thursday February 12 2015, @02:50PM

        by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 12 2015, @02:50PM (#144136)

        Live journal still exists because of features like that. Want a little icon next to your name? That's $2. Want to get rid of ads? Subscribe. Want to give someone a "gift"? 2$. Not sure if LJ is a beacon of success but it is certainly a survivor.

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        SN won't survive on lurkers alone. Write comments.
      • (Score: 2) by Open4D on Thursday February 12 2015, @03:09PM

        by Open4D (371) on Thursday February 12 2015, @03:09PM (#144155) Journal

        Seems fair to me, although I probably wouldn't use it, and I wonder whether enough people would use it to make it pay for itself.

        Unless it was seen as an alternative way of accepting donations. Change your username, then 10 minutes later change it back again, etc.. (But for that kind of thing I prefer the ideas in comment #144144 below.)

        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 12 2015, @03:28PM

          by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Thursday February 12 2015, @03:28PM (#144165) Homepage Journal

          It really couldn't help but pay for itself since nobody here gets paid to work and our processors just skim off a bit with no up-front charge (bitpay skims from the customer, paypal skims from us). I was thinking entering the changes manually from a mysql prompt since automation could lead to people playing silly buggers with repeated nick changes but I suppose if they want to pay to play silly buggers, that's on them.

          --
          My rights don't end where your fear begins.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:10PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:10PM (#144227)

            Any chance on getting a different way to subscribe? I refuse to use paypal, and I am not a bitcoiner.

            • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:26PM

              by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <themightybuzzard@proton.me> on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:26PM (#144231) Homepage Journal

              Yes, only not for a while yet. I'm on leave to move to a different state until March-ish which basically means a release around April 1 would only have one month for an entire dev and testing cycle, which I don't consider enough when handling other people's money. So, I'd planned on using March to fix as many bugs as I could find and start in on whatever was next in April. Thus, in all likelihood it will be at least June before we can get another payment processor (probably credit/debit cards via Stripe) hooked up.

              Why am I talking like I'm the only dev? Because at the moment, that's exactly the case. paulej72 has been exceedingly busy with work for a while now and we are the only two code monkeys currently on the dev team.

              --
              My rights don't end where your fear begins.
              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:45PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @05:45PM (#144236)

                I will be glad to subscribe once we get to that point, bonus points if I can choose what to pay for my subscription on say a monthly basis.

                • (Score: 2) by paulej72 on Friday February 13 2015, @02:15PM

                  by paulej72 (58) on Friday February 13 2015, @02:15PM (#144602) Journal

                  If we did monthly subscriptions, I would want to increase the cost probably to 2.50 a month to cover overhead charges.

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                  Team Leader for SN Development
    • (Score: 0, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @04:13PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @04:13PM (#144192)
      You smell like "girlintraining"...
  • (Score: 1) by TheSage on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:52PM

    by TheSage (133) on Thursday February 12 2015, @01:52PM (#144097) Journal

    OK, you talked me into it.