[Haskell-cafe] Google Summer of Code: Is this idea useful for the community?

Neil Mitchell ndmitchell at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 04:44:35 EDT 2009

The main thing about reddit is the community, not the underlying code,
and while I'm sure a SoC project could do something with the code, I
don't see how you could build such a community. And if you did build a
big community, then I think it would spiral out of control with only a
summers work to do it.

One related idea that might be more useful is a Content Management
System on top of happstack. Most other languages have these kind of
things, and you could certain give features to your CMS that makes it
a reddit-a-like with certain configurations, without loosing the CMS
bits for everyone else. You could then as an example host a
haskell-redit-a-like, but it wouldn't be the main focus.



On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 10:50 PM, fallintothis <fall.into.this at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm planning on applying for the Google Summer of Code and the more I
> think about it, the more excited I am over a Haskell reddit-alike[1].
> I'm interested in web programming, Haskell, and reddit (being an
> addict for some years now).  There's plenty of work to be done on such
> a project, there are existing code bases to help along with ideas, and
> it doesn't require the deepest knowledge of Haskell or, say, GHC's
> guts (not that I don't find those interesting, I'm just no expert).
> The hang-up I see is that there's not too much of an immediate
> community benefit if reddit already exists (which, I have on good
> authority, it does), other than in the interest of eating (or
> customizing) your own dog food.  Any members of the Haskell community
> (more involved than I am) care to comment?  Would the project be
> useful or otherwise good as a Summer of Code idea?
> If people don't get too sick of my pestering, I'm also considering
> opening it up as a ticket on the trac to see if it gets feedback
> there.
> Thanks!
> [1] http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell_proposals/comments/7u48x/a_simple_redditlike_happsbased_proposal_voting/
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