[Haskell-cafe] New slogan for haskell.org

Thomas Schilling nominolo at googlemail.com
Wed Nov 28 03:27:39 EST 2007

On Tue, 2007-11-27 at 23:11 -0500, Sterling Clover wrote:
> On Nov 27, 2007, at 11:34 AM, David Fox wrote:
> >
> > In that case we need to identify all the groups that the front page  
> > is serving and create separate areas for each, all "above the fold"  
> > as it were:
> >
> > 1. A "sales pitch" for new users.  I see how much this disturbs  
> > some people, but maybe it is better to think of it as a quick  
> > introduction with a focus on benefits and comparisons to things  
> > which are already familiar.  This is what one needs when one is in  
> > the stage of deciding whether to pursue something.
> There should also be a bit of discussion on *who* folks want the  
> pitch to attract. As I see it, there are a number of categories here  
> as well, and maybe even links to "breakout pages" for different  
> demographics could be in order.
> I expect any number of us have had the experience where we want to  
> use Haskell on a project, and need to convince our project manager /  
> other form of immediate supervisor / boss / whatever that this is a  
> good idea -- so there needs  to be a pitch geared to benefits that  
> they'll latch on to -- reliability, clarity, maintainability,  
> provability, speed, momentum and staying power, library support, etc.
> Then there should be a different sort of pitch for casual new users  
> that want to get their feet wet in different sorts of programming  
> concepts.
> Finally, there should be a pitch for people that really know what's  
> up, so to speak, are looking for a place to expend some of their  
> significant talent, and are going to be attracted by some of the  
> mathematically cooler/geekier/blow-your-mind aspects of Haskell, the  
> power of its type system, etc. Mindshare among these folks is key for  
> more people that want to hack on getting Cabal to "just work," adopt  
> the maintenance of libraries and come up with new and useful  
> proposals therein, get involved with compiler development (or at  
> least generate really useful test-cases and bug reports), and all that.

Sorry, but are you talking of *one* homepage?  This can all go into own
wiki pages that are aimed at certain audiences, but this really can't
all fit on the front page.

Go ahead, write them!  I'm all for it, but at the moment I'm looking for
concrete improvements of my suggested phrasing.  Any ideas how we could
succinctly address those demographics in that short paragraph?

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