Notes from Ben's "contribute to ghc" discussion

Ben Gamari ben at
Mon Sep 26 18:55:22 UTC 2016

Jason Dagit <dagitj at> writes:

> On Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 6:29 PM, Christopher Allen <cma at>
> wrote:
>> I'd be willing to help with work required to open up GHC development
>> more along multiple lines including:
>> Bots/automation for Github
>> Talking to Rust devs about what works, what doesn't
> Last year I approached some folks in the rust community because I wanted to
> learn how to contribute to the rust compiler. In my experience, the really
> special thing they had was an identified pool of contributors who were
> willing and able to provide mentoring. I got hooked up with a mentor and
> that made all the difference. I had a real live person I could talk to
> about the process, the process-meta, and that person had context with me.
> Pretty much everything else was just details.
> GHC dev probably has mentors too, but I don't know because I've never
> thought to check or ask.
Indeed we do! If you ever have questions just ask me via IRC or email.
I'd be very happy to help. Even while I may not know the answer I (or
anyone else in #ghc) will likely be able to send you to someone who


- Ben

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