[Haskell-cafe] Haskellers.com skills list moderation?

Ben Millwood haskell at benmachine.co.uk
Wed Oct 20 09:02:12 EDT 2010

On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM, Michael Snoyman <michael at snoyman.com> wrote:
> Algorithmic Problem Solving

I think this needs to go, because I'm really having a hard time
imagining any programmer who doesn't do this.

> High Assurance Software Development

This sounds vague to me and/or the same as other skills (cf. Formal
Verification). Again, I'm not sure how many people would describe
their software as "low assurance".

> Robotics and Automation

Would be tempted to drop "Automation" from here.

> Web development (HTML, CSS and Javascript)

I wonder if these parentheses are necessary, or if they hint at the
fact that this isn't really one skill. I have a suspicion that being
competent at website and stylesheet *design* (i.e. knowledge of good
design principles and application to HTML/CSS) is an entirely
different sort of thing from *implementation* in terms of JavaScript
technologies like AJAX and JSON and who-knows-what.

Overall, I think it would be nice to have a consistent idea about how
concrete or abstract we allow skills to be, and as someone else
mentioned what the target audience is for them. We have skills that
relate to specific libraries and then skills that are nebulous and
abstract. Maybe we could ask a narrower question, or have two fields:
"what can you use", and "what interests you".

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