[Haskell-cafe] Haskell project proposals reddit

Thomas DuBuisson thomas.dubuisson at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 09:58:29 EST 2008

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM, Josef Svenningsson <
josef.svenningsson at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 5:34 AM, Don Stewart <dons at galois.com> wrote:
> > I'd like to echo Jason's remarks earlier.
> >
> >    http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell_proposals/
> >
> > We've tried for a couple of years now to efficiently track 'wanted
> > libraries' for the community, but never with much success.
> >
> > In particular, two approaches have been tried:
> >
> >    * a wiki page
> >    * the 200{6,7,8} summer of code trac
> >
> > neither proved workable long term, likely because no one knew about
> > them, they're harder to contribute to and other factors.
> >
> I think this is a wonderful initiative, but I can't shake the feeling
> that reddit is the wrong forum for this. Since reddit is primarily a
> news site it penalises old submissions and eventually moves them out
> of the front page. I can't see how that behavior is good for our
> purposes here. A project proposal that has a thousand upvotes
> shouldn't be moved from the list just because the proposal itself is
> old.

This isn't entirely true.  Just go to "top" items instead of the 'hot'
items, which are age-penalized.

For example, the DMCA article from one year ago is 2nd on proggit:

But I do agree that using reddit is not the right method - under the
assumption that its popularity is ever increasing the items on the hot page
will naturally collect more votes than older items, and thus even the 'top'
page is age-biased.  The wiki we already had would be best in my mind, but
people just didn't use it despite a couple ML postings about it.

If we want something that works in the long run we want something like
> reddit but without the "aging" of old submissions. I don't know of any
> such thing but there's bound to be one, this being the internet after
> all.
> Cheers,
> Josef
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