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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 was originally made open source and was available on the internet. Sadly, that code had not been maintained and was several years out of date.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: 2) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Saturday February 14 2015, @07:24AM

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Saturday February 14 2015, @07:24AM (#144885)

    Wow, I'm more and more impressed with SN every day: there are actually people who care about issues, however small and obscure, and communicate on them. That *is* a change from /.!

    Re this bug, don't sweat it too much: it's annoying but there's an easy workaround that doesn't involve dropping to plain http. Besides, I have a feeling not many people use SN's TOR server, as it had been down for weeks and nobody seemed to ask for a restart :) But in any case, thanks a lot for your efforts: they're much appreciated.

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  • (Score: 2) by paulej72 on Monday February 16 2015, @10:24PM

    by paulej72 (58) on Monday February 16 2015, @10:24PM (#145860) Journal

    I though I had this bug fixed this weekend, but it did not work. I need to go back to the drawing board and see if I can get it to work. Although my fix did make some code a bit simpler in the long run. Stay tuned for more details.

    Team Leader for SN Development
    • (Score: 2) by paulej72 on Thursday February 19 2015, @12:08AM

      by paulej72 (58) on Thursday February 19 2015, @12:08AM (#146766) Journal

      New fix is in. Hopefully this one works.

      Team Leader for SN Development