Story 2014-02-17 3EE Soylent News has launched!

Soylent News has launched!

in pipedot on (#3EE)
Friends of this website, Soylent News, have been working hard at a similar project: to replace Slashdot from the ground up. Everything is being driven by the community and volunteer work, and they are now working on a business model; truly inspiring. They have just launched this moment and we want to acknowledge their work.
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Good Job Guys! (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 05:49 (#M)

Grats! Keep up the good work!

Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 07:03 (#R)

Since pipedot and soylentnews are both working towards the same goal, are there any plans to merge the two? Pipedot seems better in some respects (https by default, CSS looks more modern in places), but soylentnews has far more users.

The ideal, to me, seems like a merge of pipedot's improvements to slash into the soylentnews codebase.

As far as a I know, there are still plans to run a name choosing competition for soylentnews; pipedot is a good idea, and could easily be one of the options.

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 08:06 (#S)

I also really like how pipedot is coming together. Pipedot is being properly designed from the ground up, whereas soylentnews was being built off the old code to get to a fully-functional site faster, and will then be refactored and redesigned a bit.

Both are legitimate approaches, and everybody is working towards the same goal. With any luck there'll be some exchange of ideas and techniques, if not actual code.

When google reader went down, the community fractured off and created dozens of new RSS readers. Not all survived, but quite a few are thriving. Slashdot doesn't need to be replaced with one monolithic site, we can easily have half a dozen to fill that space.

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 10:44 (#T)

Well, I hope that this place takes off, cuz I got the awesomest UID.

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 12:17 (#V)

I am not sure if it has far more users. I just created accounts on both and my id is 77 (or something) here and 33 there. Also, Pipedot doesn't try to gouge my eyes out. That said, both the websites need more work, but soylentnews looks more complete.

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 17:29 (#15)

They seem to be approaching 4-digit UID's as of 'now', mine is in the low 700's.
I agree that pipedot is easier on the eyes though - maybe it's the calming ocean blue vs. Solylent's angry brown...

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 17:41 (#17)

Solylent's angry brown...
I think that's the default that comes with SlashCode. The interface is really badly cluttered with widgits, but the site works surprisingly well on my phone which is a nice change. Slashdot mobile completely broke on my Galaxy Note II, If I didn't have the option to "Request desktop site" I would have stopped using /. long before Beta.

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-03-06 07:55 (#9Q)

Yes. I can't figure out how to filter comments below a threshold on this site, but it was obvious on Soylent. Missing feature, perhaps.

Re: Combination of efforts (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-17 14:28 (#Y)

It's a little misleading. SoylentNews and |. are working toward the same thing, but with different approaches. |. is ground up where as Soylent is trying to use something existing.

I like the ground up approach |. is taking there's been a lot of improvements in web technologies since Slashcode, which Soylent is based on, was first written.

I think both will succeed in their own right. Soylent does have a very active volunteer crew, where as |. seems to be built by one person (who's doing a fantastic job). I don't think the two approaches are compatible though unless Soylent want's to give up Slash code at some point and use |.'s interface when it's more completely, but I can't really see that happening.

Just saw this on SoylentNews (Score: 1)

by on 2014-02-19 22:58 (#2Z)

Saw someone post a comment about Pipedot, and stopped by to say this site looks great and feels very snappy. I agree with someone who said we don't need one monolithic website, although it would be cool to have the best of both worlds. I guess I'll check out both sites for the time being.

Re: Just saw this on SoylentNews (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2014-02-20 00:55 (#31)

Me too, and I must admit my first reaction on conclusion was "I hope this overtakes Soylent News, because it doesn't make me want to claw my eyes out".