[Haskell-cafe] may I politely ask for ...

Doaitse Swierstra doaitse at swierstra.net
Thu Nov 28 14:19:57 UTC 2019

May I politely indicate a problem with messages like the one below.

I am interested in Haskell in general and that is why I read Haskell-cafe; to keep an eye on new developments and what is going on.

Unfortunately too often I see messages announcing (new versions) of packages, of which I have no idea what the package actually does (for a package named “network" I probably can guess). May I ask everyone to include at least one sentence of description in such announcements e.g. for the package below:


Brittany is a Haskell source code formatter based on ghc-exactprint.
You can paste haskell code over here <https://hexagoxel.de/brittany/> to test how it gets formatted by brittany.

I find it annoying that I have to go to e.g. hackage just to see whether the message/package is interesting to me,

 Thanks in advance and keep the good work going,

 Doaitse Swierstra


> On 19 Jun 2019, at 18:28, Evan Borden <evan at evan-borden.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am happy to announce the release of brittany version This version
> includes a number of fantastic improvements from many excellent contributors.
> Additionally brittany will soon be added back to stackage. In the meantime it
> can be built with the stack.yaml in its source or with cabal v2-build.
> https://hackage.haskell.org/package/brittany-
> Contributors
> ============
> * Benjamin Kovach @5outh
> * Doug Beardsley @mightybyte
> * Evan Borden @eborden
> * Lennart Spitzner @lspitzner
> * Matt Noonan @moatt-noonan
> * Phil Hazelden @ChickenProp
> * Rupert Horlick @ruhatch
> * Sergey Vinokurov @sergv
> New Collaborators
> =================
> You may be wondering why I am sending this message instead of Lennart. Taylor
> Fausak and I are taking on some of the maintenance for brittany. We will
> hopefully lift some of the burden from Lennart so he can remain the guiding
> light and driving force behind the project.
> Changes
> ==========
> This release includes many bug fixes, additional support for a number of
> syntactic constructs and a few layouting modifications. For full details check
> the change log on github:
> https://github.com/lspitzner/brittany/blob/master/ChangeLog.md
> Again thank you to brittany's fantastic contributors for helping making this
> release happen.
> --
> Evan
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