"Excuse me, I think this i my stop..." - Resigning from the Platform

Takenobu Tani takenobu.hs at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 13:36:17 UTC 2015

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your efforts.

You've gave us a lot of opportunity to meet haskell.
There are many people on the back side of the firewall.
They can't access over the firewall.
HP, all-in-one and web downloadable package, is very useful for them.

Thanks to you, we were able to enjoy the haskell.

Thank you very much,

2015-10-13 12:08 GMT+09:00 Mark Lentczner <mark.lentczner at gmail.com>:

> I think this is the right time for me to exit:
> The truth is, I still can't bring myself to use a version of Haskell post
> the Foldable-Traversable-aPocalypse, let alone some future Haskell after
> the changes now in the works. My personal machines are all still 7.8. My
> personal projects are all pre-FTP. The Haskell I love to code in, the
> Haskell I'm passionate about, the Haskell I've advocated for real world
> use, and the Haskell I like to teach, is 7.8, pre-FTP.
> It's not that I'm dead set against change and evolution in a language, or
> even breaking changes. But FTP and beyond are changes that have lost the
> balance that Haskell had between abstraction and clarity, between elaborate
> and practical engineering. I don't see any restraint going forward, so I'm
> getting off the train.
> This puts me in an odd position with respect to Haskell Platform: I find
> myself building the Platform for a version of Haskell that I don't use.
> This isn't healthy for either the Platform or me. Hence, I'm resigning as
> release manager.
> I am sad because I believed that Haskell's path to much wider adoption was
> within reach. Now, especially with the ramping up of the Haskell Prime
> committee, which seems preordained to codify FTP and beyond into standard,
> we are approaching our Algol 68 moment: Building a major language revision
> with less opportunity than it's predecessor.
> I'll still see you 'round at meet-ups and conferences. I'll just be coding
> with an older accent.
> - Mark "mzero" Lentczner
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