Notes from Ben's "contribute to ghc" discussion

Matthew Pickering matthewtpickering at
Sun Sep 25 08:35:08 UTC 2016

If we loop this discussion back to the original post. There is a
suggestion in there which seems to be what you are looking for.

>  Have a GHC StackOverflow on   (Jacob Zalewski jakzale at offers to do this! – thank you).  It has a useful new Documentation feature.   Eg this would be good for “how do I look up a RdrName to get a Name… there seem to be six different functions that do that”.

It is also probably lost that I said there was a phabricator module
'ponder' which gives this kind of functionality so it should be quick
and easy to setup.


On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 9:23 AM, Harendra Kumar
<harendra.kumar at> wrote:
> On 25 September 2016 at 12:48, Joachim Breitner <mail at>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> > It will be great to have something like that. Something that you
>> > figure out digging at ghc trac wiki pages, mailing lists, google
>> > search etc will be a few minutes job for a mentor. It may be a bit
>> > taxing on the mentors but they can limit how many newbies they are
>> > mentoring and also breed new mentors to keep the cycle going.
>> I hope and assume that already now that every possible contributor who
>> has questions like this and asks (e.g. on irc) will get a helpful
>> answer. Is that insufficient?
> Maybe. Though irc seems to be quite popular among Haskell community and
> other open source communities I have never been able to utilize it somehow.
> I don't know if there is something wrong with it or with me. I installed an
> irc client logged into it once or twice but never got hooked to it. Such
> questions on ghc-devs maybe a nuisance for a lot of other people or at least
> that's what I felt as a newbie. I usually tend to do a lot of homework
> before sending a question to ghc-devs. Maybe a ghc-newbies like mailing list
> (one more list!) can give the impression of a lower barrier for sending
> stupid or operational questions.
> -harendra
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