[Haskell-cafe] #haskell IRC channel reaches 600 users

Brent Yorgey byorgey at seas.upenn.edu
Fri Jan 2 22:06:45 EST 2009

On Sat, Jan 03, 2009 at 12:01:06AM +0000, Jamie Brandon wrote:
> The haskell community has a well deserved reputation for being one of
> the friendliest online communities. Perhaps this would be a good point
> to figure out what we're doing right? I'm convinced that part of it is
> that offtopic conversation is encouraged through on haskell-cafe,
> planet haskell and irc. It makes people seem more human and hence
> harder to flame.
> Jamie

I have no hard data to back this up, but I suspect that another large
part of the answer is simply the fact that culture tends to be
self-reinforcing.  So, as I understand it, we mostly have Shae to
thank for very intentionally creating a friendly culture in the first
place.  Many online communities simply arise without anyone giving
much thought to the sort of culture they want to create;  empirically,
emergent online culture is not so friendly.


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