[Haskell-cafe] *GROUP HUG*

Sean Leather leather at cs.uu.nl
Tue May 24 13:00:32 CEST 2011

Hi Gregory,

I had a similar experience on the scala-user list some time ago. I found
most of the responses to my questions to be rather unproductive and
superficial. I love the haskell-cafe community for their helpfulness and
analytical approach.

I left scala-user not long afterward partly because of the aforementioned
issues and partly because lurking there and reading threads did not provide
any enlightenment on using Scala. With haskell-cafe, I can just read and
(attempt to) absorb new knowledge. At least for me, the signal-to-noise
ratio is higher on haskell-cafe than scala-user. (YMMV, of course.)

I'm not sure that the problem for the Scala community is growing pains. The
Haskell community has been this way from the very beginning. In fact, the
growing mix of people introduced to Haskell has lead to a great diversity of
reactions: academic, hobbyist, getting-things-done, etc. For Scala, I think
it's really due to the type of people that are attracted to the community.
My impression is that more people are coming from Java programming than from
academia. This probably has an effect on the community dynamics. (This is
not meant to slight Java programmers. Rather, I think that the common
perspective is more that of getting-things-done than

I also applaud the Haskell community for being very open and helpful. I
would like to thank everyone who contributes to this environment. Group hug,
indeed! ;)

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