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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 was originally made open source and was available on the internet. Sadly, that code had not been maintained and was several years out of date.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 crutchy on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:17AM

    by crutchy (179) on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:17AM (#143988) Homepage Journal

    SoylentNews is a great site to have awesome trollfests, but its more than just a wesbite. It has come a long way in the past 12 months, not only on the technical side with website improvements but also community building.

    For me the best part has been the colorful discussions in various channels on the SoylentNews IRC server, where you can chat freely about anything with easy going staff and members from the site. SoylentNews has provided an opportunity to build friendships with like-minded people all around the world. #Soylent is a place where we argue about politics, analyze what we ate for lunch, and muse about ciri and the dreaded vibrating rooster sammich.

    Hats off to all you guys (and gal) that have helped make a fun place to chill while coding, youtubing or browsing news sites. I look forward to hanging out for years to come.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Kell on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:07AM

    by Kell (292) on Thursday February 12 2015, @09:07AM (#144009)

    Soylent News is people. We put our time and money where our mouths are - and some of us have very big mouths.

    Scientists ask questions. Engineers solve problems.
    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 12 2015, @11:52AM

      by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <> on Thursday February 12 2015, @11:52AM (#144053) Homepage Journal

      You ain't just whistling Dixie there. Mine's occasionally big enough for my own foot and several others and yet they still alternately begged, cajoled, and tricked me into becoming staff when I just wanted to hurry along the features I really wanted by clearing out some bugs in my spare time. They did this even despite my requirement that I not have to give up the reason I visit the site in the first place, the arguing with intelligent folks that I use to refine or discard my own views.

      So, Happy Birthday, oh favorite site of mine. And when I say that, I don't mean to the code or the servers. I mean to the people who make this whole crazy rebellion cum monkey pit work; both on staff and plying their opinions in the comments sections of every story. Without either the Internet would be a much duller and less inviting place.

      My rights don't end where your fear begins.
      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @04:25PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 12 2015, @04:25PM (#144205)

        this whole crazy rebellion cum monkey pit

        The obligatory fixed that for you:

        this whole crazy rebellion monkey cum pit