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

Michael Snoyman michael at snoyman.com
Thu Oct 21 13:16:57 EDT 2010

In case anyway was worried, I *have* been following this thread, and
purposely not sticking my nose in to see what people's opinions are.
I've really appreciated the discussion; let me give my overall
response to everything:

It's good to remember that a user can always add whatever information
they want to their self-description. The main reason for the skills
list is so that employers and anyone else seeking Haskellers can
easily get a list of people. As such, the skills should be something
informative that people really want to search for.

I'm pretty convinced that Mathematics as-is is a bad idea. I can't
imagine *anyone* saying "I want a Haskeller who knows math" (maths for
you Brits), it just doesn't say anything.

We also need to make things much more explicit. "Cabal, packaging,
build and distribution tools" really doesn't explain whether it means
I can tweak Cabal, or if I can write a cabal file, or if I can build
something that's on Hackage. The breakdown John Lato gave ("Cabal
internals" and "Software packaging/distribution tools") sounds good to

On this one you may call be biased, but I think keeping Happstack and
Yesod on their own makes perfect sense. If I were an employer looking
to hire someone to work on a project, I would be looking to see that
they can use my tool of choice. Obviously we need to draw a line
somewhere; putting up that you can use the failure package seems silly
(I'm purposely picking on one of my own packages). But the web
frameworks are entire ecosystems of their own, and I think it makes
sense to keep them as-is.

The issue of having to judge something in which I'm not an expert is
definitely true. I don't have any experience with Attribute Grammar,
for instance, and so feel ill-equipped to make a judgement on that.
I'll trust the list on this, which seems to indicate leaving it in.
I'll probably need to ask similar questions in the future.

I also like the idea of dropping skills that everyone has. Algorithmic
Problem Solving may very well fit in that category.

Finally, the idea of a certification process is great. But I'm not
going to do it ;).

If I don't hear any major complaining in the next few hours, I'll
implement what I've said above.


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