[Haskell-cafe] Re: New slogan for haskell.org

Ben Franksen ben.franksen at online.de
Wed Nov 28 18:40:59 EST 2007

Thomas Schilling wrote:
> I put up a draft page.  Feel free to adjust it.
>   http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/FrontpageDraft

I like the current version better. It is /very/ difficult to pack in such a
short paragraph a list of the most important concepts /and/ advertising
about how useful all this is.

Rather than an advertising front page paragraph, I'd like to have a good
introductory page. It should mention all the distinguishing features of
Haskell, give a short explanation of the concepts with pointers (links) to
more detailed texts (preferably on the wiki), and then go on to give the
reader some idea about how and why this is all practically useful, maybe
using one or two examples. Some material from the english wikipedia entry
for Haskell_(programming_language) could be used as a starting point.
However writing such a thing is /difficult/, as it requires deep knowledge
as well as good communication skills, and even granted both is still a lot
of work to get right.

The current introduction page (prominently reachable from the front page)
is /not/ a good advertisement for Haskell. To paraphrase C.J.Cherryh,
enthusiasm is not a good substitute for a (seasoned) expert.


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