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This is a home for information about how '''[http://soylentnews.org SoylentNews.org]''' was started, and the vision for it.
  
I'm building a news site alternative to Slashdot. I've only started a couple of hours ago, this wiki is a temporary measure so that volunteers can coordinate and others can see what's happening.
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==About SoylentNews.org==
  
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Welcome to the '''[http://soylentnews.org SoylentNews.org]''' Wiki.
  
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We deliver community-sourced news and discussion. This is an, grassroots effort powered by article submissions from our readers, volunteers, and our forked version of [https://github.com/SoylentNews/slashcode slashcode] called [https://github.com/SoylentNews/rehash 'Rehash'].  We highlight stories on the web which are important to everyone - especially nerds. We also provide a soapbox for discussion moderated by the site's patrons, and allow anonymous discourse as there's no mandatory registration needed to comment.
  
I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be - better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance!
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We are mindful of community sentiment, and will not bend to overreaching corporate agenda. The goal is to be an excellent source for discussion and news about technology, art, science and politics.
  
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We've incorporated as a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (similar to a non-profit) as we feel our mission to provide a platform for news dissemination and relevant discussion is not only essential for mankind, but also a legal right (i.e. freedom of press, freedom of speech) in some places, and these are liberties which we aim to protect.
  
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Though the site is young and there are [https://github.com/SoylentNews/rehash/issues bugs], we are improving and adapting to satisfy the community's needs. We look forward to pushing the boundaries of web experience and are committed to involving the community on all major decisions.
  
I'm particularly in need of people who can:
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==Get Involved==
  
* Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
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This project is run entirely by the community and there are many ways to contribute. Here are some of the many ways to participate:
* Edit story submissions
 
* HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair
 
  
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*'''[http://soylentnews.org/submit.pl Submit a Story]'''
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** Try joining the #rss-bot channel in [[SoylentNews:IRC|IRC]] for story ideas
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*'''Volunteer'''
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** Get in touch with the '''[[Development|Development Team]]''', especially if you know perl
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** Reach out to one of the other '''[[TeamPages|Teams]]''' (we have openings for many skill sets)
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** Contact the relevant person: '''[[WhosWho| Who's Who?]]'''
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*Hop on to '''IRC:'''
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** #Soylent on irc.soylentnews.org/6697
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** [https://chat.soylentnews.org/ Webchat]
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** [[SoylentNews:IRC|IRC Wiki Page]]
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*'''Bugs''' and Features:
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** [https://github.com/SoylentNews/rehash/issues/new Submit a bug or Feature Request]
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** [[Suggestions|Add a Suggestion]] - larger projects to tackle for the future
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*'''Tell Somebody''' A friend, a colleague, any major news source....
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** Do what you can to [[Spreading the word|get the word out]]
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** You could participate in [[The_Slashcott|The Slashcott]]
  
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==Contacts==
  
Contact me if interested
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A list of people working on this project:
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===[[WhosWho| Who's Who?]]===
  
John@AltSlashdot.org
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== Useful Links ==
  
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*[[Submission guidelines]] - best practices for story submissions
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*[[Story Style]] - a guide for editors on article formatting
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*[[Development]] team page
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**[https://github.com/SoylentNews/rehash Code Repo] - The Slashcode fork repository for this project on GitHub
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** <strike>[[DevelopmentVMHowto]] - How to get our code setup in a VM</strike>
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** [[SlashDocumentationIndex]]
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*[[UserExperience]] team page
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**[[Style]] - some of this info needs to be merged/moved/organized into/with [[UserExperience]]
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**[[CssWork]]
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* [[SystemAdministration|System Administration]]
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*[[Finances]] - Breakdown of our proposed spending
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*[[Licensing]] - ideas about which license to use for our slashcode fork
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*[[Staff_Meetings|Staff Meeting Logs]]
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*[[SoylentNews_PBC|SoylentNews PBC]]
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*[[SoylentNews_Site_Policy|SoylentNews Policy]]
  
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== Similar Projects ==
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* [http://pipedot.org/ Pipedot] - A complete re-write that uses a modern codebase and sports a clean look
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* Usenet newsgroup comp.misc - [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/comp.misc on Google Groups], [http://squte.com/ on Squte], [news:comp.misc via newsreader application]
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* [http://technocrat.net/ Technocrat] - (now defunt) News site presented by Bruce Perens
  
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== Archive ==
  
'''Current Progress'''
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[[Archive]] -- An archive of obsolete pages/discussions that occurred before launch
 
 
* Registered "AltSlashdot.org", also ".com" and ".net".
 
* Purchased hosting through BlueHost
 
* I'm wading through SlashCode, learning the install procedures.
 
 
 
'''ToDo'''
 
 
 
* Install SlashCode on my home server.
 
 
 
 
 
When I'm comfortable with the install and get the kinks worked out, I'll try installing it on the production site
 
 
 
* Install SlashCode on the production site
 
* Get some people to help with the site
 
* Find and submit some stories
 
 
 
== Comments ==
 
* '''Do this as a non-profit, user-run organization please'''. From what you write it looks like you want replace the regime, not giving the users the control over the website. Why should we trust you not to sell the website to a DICE-like company after it becomes successful? I applaud your efforts to change things, but I really believe that a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian#Organization Debian Project] like institution that is both non-commercial and controlled/run by the community has a much higher chance of securing the goals we fight for right now in the long-term. --[[Special:Contributions/141.84.69.20|141.84.69.20]] 03:20, 6 February 2014 (MST)
 
 
 
* Additional points: Make the whole website (including stories/comments) available under [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ CC-BY-SA] to retain the [http://meatballwiki.org/wiki/RightToFork right to fork]. You should also reconsider the name. I imagine "AltSlashdot" could get you into all sorts of legal trouble, since it is very close to the "Slashdot" trademark. --[[Special:Contributions/141.84.69.20|141.84.69.20]] 03:20, 6 February 2014 (MST)
 
 
 
* John@AltSlashdot.org seems to be bouncing. I'd like to help.
 
 
 
* Consider a '''name change'''. If you're serious about this, then the name "AltSlashdot" will run you into legal trouble down the road, since Slashdot/Dice/etc. will sue for Trademark infringement (and will have a solid case). Slashdot user [http://slashdot.org/~tpaudio tpaudio] suggested [http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4757151&cid=46170795 "Plusdot"]. Another idea (mine) is to call it "divergence" or "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divergence divergence operator]"... the logo would be the mathematical form of divergence, i.e. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabla_symbol nabla] symbol followed by a dot (which looks like an augmented "slash dot"). --Slashdot user [http://slashdot.org/~JustinOpinion JustinOpinion].
 
 
 
* Attempt to '''coordinate and combine''' the parallel efforts. E.g. Slashdot user [http://slashdot.org/~dotancohen dotancohen] has [http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4757151&cid=46171009 apparently] registered the domain "slashdotan" and is looking to build a new Slashdot there. There are probably a dozen people hacking away separately on similar efforts. Competition is probably good, but combining efforts should be considered. --Slashdot user [http://slashdot.org/~JustinOpinion JustinOpinion].
 
 
 
* [https://github.com/digilord DigiLord] - I would like to help
 
 
 
killbeta.org?
 
diebetadie.org?
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 13:43, 30 August 2019

This is a home for information about how SoylentNews.org was started, and the vision for it.

About SoylentNews.org

Welcome to the SoylentNews.org Wiki.

We deliver community-sourced news and discussion. This is an, grassroots effort powered by article submissions from our readers, volunteers, and our forked version of slashcode called 'Rehash'. We highlight stories on the web which are important to everyone - especially nerds. We also provide a soapbox for discussion moderated by the site's patrons, and allow anonymous discourse as there's no mandatory registration needed to comment.

We are mindful of community sentiment, and will not bend to overreaching corporate agenda. The goal is to be an excellent source for discussion and news about technology, art, science and politics.

We've incorporated as a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (similar to a non-profit) as we feel our mission to provide a platform for news dissemination and relevant discussion is not only essential for mankind, but also a legal right (i.e. freedom of press, freedom of speech) in some places, and these are liberties which we aim to protect.

Though the site is young and there are bugs, we are improving and adapting to satisfy the community's needs. We look forward to pushing the boundaries of web experience and are committed to involving the community on all major decisions.

Get Involved

This project is run entirely by the community and there are many ways to contribute. Here are some of the many ways to participate:

Contacts

A list of people working on this project:

Who's Who?

Useful Links

Similar Projects

Archive

Archive -- An archive of obsolete pages/discussions that occurred before launch