This is a home for information about how SoylentNews.org was started, and the vision for it.
Welcome to the SoylentNews.org Wiki.
We deliver community-sourced news and discussion. This is an open-source, 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.
This project is run entirely by the community and there are many ways to contribute. Here are some of the many ways to participate:
- Submit a Story
- Try joining the #rss-bot channel in IRC for story ideas
- Hop in to IRC:
- Bugs and Features:
- Tell Somebody A friend, a colleague, any major news source....
A list of people working on this project:
- Submission guidelines - best practices for story submissions
- Story Style - a guide for editors on article formatting
- Development team page
- UserExperience team page
- System Administration
- Finances - Breakdown of our proposed spending
- Licensing - ideas about which license to use for our slashcode fork
- Staff Meeting Logs
- SoylentNews PBC
- SoylentNews Policy
- Pipedot - A complete re-write that uses a modern codebase and sports a clean look
- Usenet newsgroup comp.misc - on Google Groups, on Squte, via newsreader application
- Technocrat - (now defunt) News site presented by Bruce Perens
Archive -- An archive of obsolete pages/discussions that occurred before launch