[Haskell-cafe] Maintaining the community

Philippa Cowderoy flippa at flippac.org
Fri Jul 13 07:45:23 EDT 2007

On Fri, 13 Jul 2007, Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:

> We need at least one forum in which it's acceptable to ask anything, no 
> matter how naive, and get polite replies.  (RTFM isn't polite; but "The 
> answer is supposed to be documented here (\url); let us know if that 
> doesn't answer your qn" is fine.)  I'd be sorry to lose that.

Agreed. That said, it might be worth developing a "scary maths FAQ" that's 
an explanation largely of why all the maths and why it may irritate a lot 
of people to get in a flap about it all. It seems to come up increasingly 
often, and... well, it's not just the community being elitist or shutting 
people out!

flippa at flippac.org

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intellectual mountains, but to flatten them.

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