Keeping the "Newcomers" wiki page alive

Isaac Hollander McCreery ihmccreery at
Wed Nov 12 23:27:24 UTC 2014

Glad people are excited about this,

I like "beginner/intermediate/advanced".  I think it's more accurate than
"easy/hard" and clearer than "accessible", "welcoming", etc.

I also want to call out the "mentor" label that the Rust team is using:
experienced devs nominate themselves as mentors on projects, then newcomers
can tackle them with some support.  As a newcomer, that's *extremely*
appealing to me.


On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at>

> On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM, Joachim Breitner <
> mail at> wrote:
>> The quality that we are looking for is “tacklabe by a newcomer“, i.e.
>> not requiring too deep knowledge of GHC. Is there a nice word for that?
>> I found “accessible”, “welcoming”, “appealing” – anything that sounds
>> good in native English speaker’s ears? :-)
> Various projects I'm involved with use
> difficulty: beginner (or just "beginner")
> babydev-bait (!)
> newcomer (several use "newbie" but I do not recommend that label)
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