[Haskell-cafe] Haskellers.com profiles: advice requested
michael at snoyman.com
Wed Oct 6 05:11:24 EDT 2010
After finally getting OpenID 2 support worked out, I've now put up the
Haskellers.com website. Not all features are implemented yet, but
the basics are in. One of the most important features is going to be
the user profiles, and I wanted some community input on the kind of
stuff they'd like to see.
For now, I collect email address (spam-protected, don't worry),
website, number of years of Haskell experience, and a free-form
description. I've also added a skills section, but have purposely not
added many. I wanted community input on the kinds of skills. Some
* Web programming
* Compiler writing
* Write a monad tutorial :/
I see two main questions when it comes to selecting this list of skills:
* How granular should we get? For web programming, for instance,
should we ask about Yesod, Happstack, Snap, etc?
* Should we include non-Haskell skills. I can imagine that employers
would like to know that people also have experience with Java/C#/etc,
but on the other hand we might want to make this Haskell-specific.
One recommendation (from my wife actually) is to have two separate
lists: a static list of Haskell-specific skills that users simply
checkmark off, and then "additional skills" that everyone makes up
Other things to consider for the profile: Twitter/Facebook/GChat/AIM
accounts, Hackage username, list of packages authored. I'm also
planning on adding a "real Haskeller" feature, which would mean a site
admin (they don't exist yet) has verified that you really are a
contributing member of the community. I would imagine the threshold
for this status would be very low, eg you've written a package or sent
email to one of the mailing lists.
One last point: for those of you wondering why your profiles aren't
showing up on the homepage: you need to verify your email address
first. I just added this feature this morning which is why your
profiles are not visible. This is simply an anti-spam measure. If it
turns out to be insufficient, I might need to add a recaptcha, and if
that is still not enough we can make things moderated. But I doubt
spam will end up being a real problem.
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