This is a home for information about how SoylentNews.org was started, the vision for it, and discussion about it's future.
Greetings soylentils and welcome to the SoylentNews.org Wiki!
We deliver the best community-sourced news for nerds. This is a grassroots effort powered by article submissions from our readers; we draw attention to those 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 the community to speak anonymously (there will never be mandatory registration 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.
Though the site is in it's infancy (and there are bugs), we are improving and adapting to satisfy the community's needs. We look forward to exceeding your expectations and pushing the boundaries of web experience. We are committed to involving the community on all major decisions.
Project and business information
- Some information on Proposed Business Model
- Our Business Planning
- Our Expense Report
- Our Feature List
- Staff Meeting Logs
Hop in to IRC:
Add a Suggestion
Tell Somebody A friend, a colleague, any major news source....
- Do what you can to get the word out
- Also you could participate in The Slashcott
All Contact and Overlord info can be found here:
List of Discussion Pages
- Finances -- which model would allow to minimise and/or distribute hosting costs
- Moderation -- how/if to enhance; was it so bad it was the primary reason for the diaspora?
- FeatureList -- discussion of required/desired characteristics
- Submission guidelines
- Migration of users from Slashdot -- how to handle Nicks and UIDs
- WhosWho -- points of contact in different project areas
- Spreading the word
- To do
- Stories from former Slashdot users
- What should the IRC network be like?
- How do we want a URL shortener to be used?
- The Slashcott
- Story Style
We have a temporary name!
Thanks go out to everyone who made suggestions - some of them were absolutely brilliant! For example, it hadn't occurred to me to choose a name based on a non-English word, or a palindrome, or a puzzle. Many of the entries were quite clever. (Adies, it took me more than a day to figure yours out. Bravo!)
I won't post the runners up because squatters might take the names before we hold the real contest. We'll figure out a way to prevent this somehow - at worst case we can choose judges and do it privately.
Jerry had the winning entry.
The temp name is: SoylentNews with the tagline: SoylentNews is people!
Does this rock? It hits the trifecta of website goodness:
- Descriptive in a way that mundanes will understand (compare "Photoshop" with "GIMP", "Internet Explorer" with "Firefox", and "MediaPlayer" with "VLC")
- It's part of Nerd culture, a pun, and slightly twisted
- It's suggestive of being community driven
- Possible Trademark issues
- It is attached to some movie about eating corpses and implies "News fresh as processed corpses" (??)
This will be a hard act to beat. Start thinking up names for the contest, or throw your weight behind this one. The contest will be held soon after we open the doors.
(And it was poutine (from IRC) who suggested we use a temporary name. Others may also have suggested it, but it was his post that I noticed. Be sure to thank him if you see him on IRC.)
- Technocrat - News site presented by Bruce Perens, going on the air Tuesday February 17.
- Pipedot - Rewrite project - Aiming to create a cleaner news site with modern technology.
- Usenet newsgroup comp.misc - on Google Groups, on Squte, via newsreader application
"Updates" and Mailing list Archive
These are communications surrounding the initial launch: