[Haskell-cafe] Maintaining the community

Alex Queiroz asandroq at gmail.com
Sun Jul 15 12:25:09 EDT 2007


On 7/14/07, Michael T. Richter <ttmrichter at gmail.com> wrote:
>  While it is understandable, given the intense interest most grognards of any language have in playing with the language, for people to enjoy conversations that go into the ever-more-esoteric, it is decidedly not helpful to the newcomer striving to understand things.  So yes:  Answer politely.  Explain your answer in detail suited to the perceived level of the asker.  Clear common misunderstandings.  But do not use this as a launchpad into the geek equivalent of language knowledge oneupmanship.  It confuses far more than it helps.  If you really need to enter into the game, branch out.  Don't even reply to the thread but start a new thread with your reply.  Leave the newcomer to the comprehensible side, even if it is perhaps somehow less than "perfect" by whatever standards you choose to measure perfection in.

     This is so much true. It has the effect of disguising Haskell as
a PhD-only language.


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