[Haskell-cafe] future (editor) of HCAR?
Alejandro Serrano Mena
trupill at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 16:20:18 CEST 2013
I would be delighted to take the full responsibility (or just help) in the
I have some ideas, maybe I could get some time later to write them down.
2013/9/18 Janis Voigtlaender <jv at informatik.uni-bonn.de>
> Dear all,
> The Haskell Communities and Activities Report has been produced twice a
> year for more than ten years now:
> I have been responsible for producing it the last few years, which was
> fun. I am now looking to pass that on, handing over the HCAR to someone
> else. Any takers?
> Editing HCAR is a few days work per year, but it is also a great way to
> be involved in the Haskell community - you get a lot of news first hand.
> There are various procedures in place that automate some of the work,
> and if someone is interested in taking over, I'm very willing to help
> along, for example producing the next edition of the report together for
> a smooth transition.
> Below I attach the previous call for contributions, which also answers
> some basic questions about the report. For further questions about the
> process etc., anybody interested simply get in touch with me.
> Also, such a transition is a good opportunity to rethink model and
> processes. Maybe you (anybody on the mailing list) have completely new
> ideas for how the HCAR should be organized? How it could function
> better? What other purposes it could serve than it has so far? ...
> (Or even that HCAR in its existing form is not needed anymore, but could
> be replaced by something great new?)
> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Betreff: Call for Contributions - Haskell Communities and Activities
> Report, May 2013 edition
> Datum: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:56:19 +0200
> Von: Janis Voigtländer <jv at informatik.uni-bonn.de>
> An: Haskell <haskell at haskell.org>
> Dear all,
> I would like to collect contributions for the 24th edition of the
> Haskell Communities & Activities Report
> Submission deadline: 1 May 2013
> (please send your contributions to hcar at haskell.org,
> in plain text or LaTeX format)
> This is the short story:
> * If you are working on any project that is in some way related
> to Haskell, please write a short entry and submit it. Even if
> the project is very small or unfinished or you think it is not
> important enough --- please reconsider and submit an entry anyway!
> * If you are interested in an existing project related to Haskell that
> has not previously been mentioned in the HCAR, please tell me, so
> that I can contact the project leaders and ask them to submit an
> * Feel free to pass on this call for contributions to others that
> might be interested.
> More detailed information:
> The Haskell Communities & Activities Report is a bi-annual overview of
> the state of Haskell as well as Haskell-related projects over the
> last, and possibly the upcoming six months. If you have only recently
> been exposed to Haskell, it might be a good idea to browse the
> previous edition --- you will find interesting projects described as
> well as several starting points and links that may provide answers to
> many questions.
> Contributions will be collected until the submission deadline. They
> will then be compiled into a coherent report that is published online
> as soon as it is ready. As always, this is a great opportunity to
> update your webpages, make new releases, announce or even start new
> projects, or to talk about developments you want every Haskeller to
> know about!
> Looking forward to your contributions,
> Janis (current editor)
> Q: What format should I write in?
> A: The required format is a LaTeX source file, adhering to the template
> that is available at:
> There is also a LaTeX style file at
> that you can use to preview your entry. If you do not know LaTeX, then
> use plain text. If you modify an old entry that you have written for an
> earlier edition of the report, you should already have received your old
> entry as a template (provided I have your valid email address). Please
> modify that template, rather than using your own version of the old
> entry as a template.
> Q: Can I include Haskell code?
> A: Yes. Please use lhs2tex syntax (http://people.cs.uu.nl/**
> andres/lhs2tex/ <http://people.cs.uu.nl/andres/lhs2tex/>).
> The report is compiled in mode polycode.fmt.
> Q: Can I include images?
> A: Yes, you are even encouraged to do so. Please use .jpg format, then.
> Q: Should I send files in .zip archives or similar?
> A: No, plain file attachements are the way.
> Q: How much should I write?
> A: Authors are asked to limit entries to about one column of text. A
> general introduction is helpful. Apart from that, you should focus on
> recent or upcoming developments. Pointers to online content can be given
> for more comprehensive or "historic" overviews of a project. Images do
> not count towards the length limit, so you may want to use this
> opportunity to pep up entries. There is no minimum length of an entry!
> The report aims for being as complete as possible, so please consider
> writing an entry, even if it is only a few lines long.
> Q: Which topics are relevant?
> A: All topics which are related to Haskell in some way are relevant. We
> usually had reports from users of Haskell (private, academic, or
> commercial), from authors or contributors to projects related to
> Haskell, from people working on the Haskell language, libraries, on
> language extensions or variants. We also like reports about
> distributions of Haskell software, Haskell infrastructure, books and
> tutorials on Haskell. Reports on past and upcoming events related to
> Haskell are also relevant. Finally, there might be new topics we do not
> even think about. As a rule of thumb: if in doubt, then it probably is
> relevant and has a place in the HCAR. You can also ask the editor.
> Q: Is unfinished work relevant? Are ideas for projects relevant?
> A: Yes! You can use the HCAR to talk about projects you are currently
> working on. You can use it to look for other developers that might help
> Q: If I do not update my entry, but want to keep it in the report, what
> should I do?
> A: Tell the editor that there are no changes. The old entry will
> typically be reused in this case, but it might be dropped if it is older
> than a year, to give more room and more attention to projects that
> change a lot. Do not resend complete entries if you have not changed them.
> Q: Will I get confirmation if I send an entry? How do I know whether my
> email has even reached the editor, and not ended up in a spam folder?
> A: Prior to publication of the final report, the editor will send a
> draft to all contributors, for possible corrections. So if you do not
> hear from the editor within two weeks after the deadline, it is safer
> to send another mail and check whether your first one was received.
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