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posted by LaminatorX on Saturday December 06 2014, @12:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the changing-of-the-guard dept.

In the dying hours of 3rd Dec (UTC) into the early hours of 4th Dec something significant occurred in the vicinity of the SoylentNews PBC boardroom. One witness is reported to have said "it was as though a light zephyr appeared unexpectedly, brushed by a pile of watermelons before shooting up into the sky as a vivid light", this has not been confirmed as an accurate portrayal of events and quite honestly we're not sure they weren't just making it up.

Moving to a more formal note. The timeline above is correct. In what seemed like a few brief moments of discussion and accord, NCommander stepped out of the position of CEO and yours truly (juggs) stepped in as interim CEO.

To quickly dispel any doubts or concerns, this was not some hostile power play within the board, more an amicable and pragmatic changing of the guard. It was notably lacking in any form of drama whatsoever.

Firstly, I'd like to thank NCommander for bringing us to where we are today - a thriving, growing community with a stable foundation from which to grow and many tomes of vision for what the road ahead may lead us on to build. I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping he sticks around and makes a reprise - I have a strong feeling he will.

As much as I'd like to mark my entrance with some grand vision - in the very short term I'll have to mostly concentrate on some very mundane but very necessary corporation affairs.

Longer term, I have a few nascent ideas in the back of my mind that need kicking into shape - but given the whole transition was out of the blue, I'm more at the sort the desk out and find the nearest coffee dispensary stage than the grand visionary stage. I do however fully intend to revisit NCommander's SN vision statements and go from there as an immediate starting point at the very least.

Feel free to use the Comments for questions, concerns or suggestions, I'll be sure to reply.

juggs

 
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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by poutine on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:16PM

    by poutine (106) on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:16PM (#123248)

    more than 3 CEO changes in the past year? Come on... This site is dead. It's clear from the dwindling quality in posts, clear from the marked reduction in comments per article, clear in the fact that you guys can't manage a site for shit. SN had a chance but fucked it up royally. RIP SoylentNews.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:24PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:24PM (#123251)

    OH quit pouting.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 07 2014, @04:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 07 2014, @04:13AM (#123384)

      Don't pout in your poutine? What? Putin pouts while pouring poutine out

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:29PM (#123256)

    Just saying "you fucked it up, didn't you" from the sidelines is easy.

    Meanwhile, posts at Slashdot seem to be down sharply from where they were pre-Dice. They can get a lot of posts on stories about immigration (usually submitted by theodp), the IT profession, and the relative merits of programming languages or OS platforms. Anything about women in IT brings out tons of trollish #GamerGate responses. Otherwise, not so much. Even NSA/Snowden isn't bringing in a huge response.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @08:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @08:22PM (#123287)

      Slashdot deteriorated to the point where articles mentioning “breastfeeding" started to appear on the front page. Sad, really...

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 07 2014, @03:39AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 07 2014, @03:39AM (#123375)

        Apparently, there are youngsters who don't recognize the intended purpose of those glands.
        (So, if they're not being used to hawk beer, any other use becomes indecent/abnormal/disgusting.)

        On a related note, [google.com] I recently heard Los Angeles Theater Works' presentation of "The Grapes of Wrath".
        In these days of labor abuses and economic collapse, it is a story that everyone should experience--or experience once again.

        -- gewg_

  • (Score: 2) by LaminatorX on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:54PM

    by LaminatorX (14) <reversethis-{moc ... ta} {xrotanimal}> on Saturday December 06 2014, @06:54PM (#123264)

    Last I checked, two changes was less than three, not more. Just the same, I'm still glad you care enough to complain.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @07:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @07:22PM (#123268)

      Well you checked wrong.

      Barabas -> NCommander -> Juggs

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @09:03PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 06 2014, @09:03PM (#123294)

        Barabas wasn't a CEO.

      • (Score: 2) by LaminatorX on Sunday December 07 2014, @07:33PM

        by LaminatorX (14) <reversethis-{moc ... ta} {xrotanimal}> on Sunday December 07 2014, @07:33PM (#123522)

        Count the arrows in your post. Those are the changes.

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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Saturday December 06 2014, @07:44PM

    by Bot (3902) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 06 2014, @07:44PM (#123273) Journal

    said comment #123248

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  • (Score: 2) by zafiro17 on Saturday December 06 2014, @08:11PM

    by zafiro17 (234) on Saturday December 06 2014, @08:11PM (#123284) Homepage

    Hey there Poutine, I happen to disagree. Running these kind of sites isn't easy. I'm pretty active at pipedot.org as well, and the noise level has gone down there too. Slashdot is no different - they seem to have a huge number of articles, but the number of articles (not to mention the quality) are both dramatically poorer than in the "old days."

    These sites depend on the hard work of more people than you'd realize, and submitting, editing, and selecting articles takes a hell of a lot of time and effort. At some point you notice you're ignoring your kids/family/job and you decide to rebalance.

    Too soon to say this site is in trouble: it seems to be experiencing a gradual improvement in the quality of articles submitted, we've had a couple of good discussions, and we're getting into a groove. It's good to have a responsible handover-of-leadership when one leader gets tired - better than burn-out and complacency. If you care about the site, submit good articles, and contribute positively to the conversations. Also get the word out if you can - there's lots to do.

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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday December 06 2014, @10:43PM

    And yet I can't help but think we've made it when even our trolls are better than the other site's. Keep up the high-quality asshattery, poutine.

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  • (Score: 2) by mtrycz on Saturday December 06 2014, @10:51PM

    by mtrycz (60) on Saturday December 06 2014, @10:51PM (#123316)

    Wow, that's some dedication. Bad thing he lacks compentence. oh well...

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 07 2014, @11:16PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 07 2014, @11:16PM (#123579)

      Yeah he thinks the site sucks, yet somehow stays around and is awfully abreast of everything. Possible explanation is his mom locked the basement door so he's stuck down there with nothing better to do.

  • (Score: 2) by Marand on Sunday December 07 2014, @02:59AM

    by Marand (1081) on Sunday December 07 2014, @02:59AM (#123366) Journal

    What, no "Netcraft confirms it, SoylentNews is dead" quips yet? Poutine's comment seemed perfect for it, with the style reminding me of the old BSD-is-dead troll post.