[Haskell-cafe] Monad of no `return` Proposal (MRP): Moving `return` out of `Monad`

Henrik Nilsson Henrik.Nilsson at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Oct 21 08:24:34 UTC 2015

Hi all,

Geoffrey Mainland wrote;

 > What worries me most is that we have started to see very valuable
 > members of our community publicly state that they are reducing their
 > community involvement.

That worries me too. A lot. To quote myself from an earlier
e-mail in this thread:

 > Therefore, please let us defer further discussion and
 > ultimate decision on MRP to the resurrected
 > HaskellPrime committee, which is where it properly
 > belongs. Otherwise, the Haskell community itself might
 > be one of the things that MRP breaks.

Geoffrey further wrote:

 > Proposal 3: A decision regarding any proposal that significantly
 > affects backwards compatibility is within the purview of the Haskell
 > Prime Committee, not the Core Libraries Committee.

I thus definitely support this, at least for anything related to
the libraries covered by the Haskell report.

Indeed, I strongly suspect that many people who did not actively
follow the libraries discussions did so because they simply did not
think that changes to the central libraries as defined in the Haskell
report, at least not breaking changes, were in the remit of the
libraries committee, and were happy to leave discussions on any
other libraries to the users of those libraries. And as a consequence
they were taken by surprise by AMP etc.

So before breaking anything more, that being code, research papers,
books, what people have learned, or even the community itself, it is
time to very carefully think about what the appropriate processes
should be for going forward.



Henrik Nilsson
School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham
nhn at cs.nott.ac.uk

This message and any attachment are intended solely for the addressee
and may contain confidential information. If you have received this
message in error, please send it back to me, and immediately delete it. 

Please do not use, copy or disclose the information contained in this
message or in any attachment.  Any views or opinions expressed by the
author of this email do not necessarily reflect the views of the
University of Nottingham.

This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an
attachment may still contain software viruses which could damage your
computer system, you are advised to perform your own checks. Email
communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as
permitted by UK legislation.

More information about the Haskell-Cafe mailing list