[Haskell-cafe] Haskellers.com idea: strike forces

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 04:14:58 EDT 2010

On 29 October 2010 19:06, Michael Snoyman <michael at snoyman.com> wrote:
> Hey all,
> In the recent discussion about the status of email support in Haskell,
> the idea of strike forces to tackle these big problems came up. I
> think one dilemma people face when trying to coordinate such a venture
> is the logistics: where to organize, how to advertise it, where to
> have discussions that can be publicly accessible.
> This may be something that the Haskellers website can help address.
> Here's an idea, please give me any feedback you have (especially the
> negative kind):
> * Anyone can create a "strike force", by specifying a name for the
> strike force and giving a description. That person will automatically
> be the administrator for the strike force.
> * Anyone on Haskellers can watch a strike force; this will contribute
> to its popularity. The most popular strike forces will be shown at the
> top of the listings, to give an idea of what projects are active and
> which are dead.
> * People must apply to be members of a strike force, and be approved
> by a strike force admin. Strike force admins also have the right to
> add new admins/remove current admins.
> * Admins can add links to other websites, list Hackage packages that
> are part of this strike force's scope, etc. Ideas on this are welcome.
> * There will be some kind of discussion forum. The only thing I know
> for certain about this is we want to have a news feed to give updates
> on what's happening. I'm open to suggestions on what to implement
> here, but some ideas:
> ** A request/bug tracker.
> ** Free-form message boards. Possibly requires moderation for non-members.
> ** I'm not certain if it should just be a single thread, multi
> discussion threads, hierarchical discussions like Reddit, etc.
> Please let me know what you think. And if you think this is a foolish
> idea that won't help the community out, please let me know that too.

I _really_ like this idea.  With this nebulous proposal of yours, is
there any way of maybe integrating the various services already hosted
at haskell.org and its sub-domains (mailing lists, tracs, etc.) or are
you looking at "re-inventing the wheel"?

Rather than just "strike-forces", this could become more Haskell
Special Interest Groups; that way, if someone wants help with a
particular area of Haskell (web development, graph theory, etc.) they
can contact that SIG rather than -cafe in general.

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
Ivan.Miljenovic at gmail.com

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