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SoylentNews is people

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 was originally made open source and was available on the internet. Sadly, that code had not been maintained and was several years out of date.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: 2) by aristarchus on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:39AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday February 12 2015, @08:39AM (#143998) Journal

    Let's go for double that in 2015.

    Yes, poutine will do that to you. I trust that our new overlords ( I cannot remember anyone referring to them as "owners") will be much healthier, and less Stephan Harper, in the second year!

    And you know, I have to say, happy birthday, Soylent News! For truly you are people, and this is a good thing. Live long, and prosper.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 13 2015, @01:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 13 2015, @01:10AM (#144434)

    It seems an apt term for someone who paid for the domain name.

    As I saw it, the first owner had a vague notion of the site being a profit center, based on his investment.

    Next, came our angel investor, matt_ [] (orig) []
    He only held it long enough to gift it to the community.

    Now, ncommander holds the domain name in trust, so to speak.

    -- gewg_

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by The Mighty Buzzard on Friday February 13 2015, @01:53AM

      by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <> on Friday February 13 2015, @01:53AM (#144445) Homepage Journal

      Technically, right now SN has no owners, just the same board of directors we've had since we incorporated. Soon to be rectified by swapping stock for debt to both NCommander and matt_ in equal amounts. Being as both of them are on the board, it's essentially a null issue; there's really nothing they can do as stockholders that they couldn't do as 2/3 of the board. But it does clear our books up so we can file taxes properly.

      My rights don't end where your fear begins.