[Haskell-cafe] Request for Nominations to the GHC Steering Committee

Joachim Breitner mail at joachim-breitner.de
Thu Oct 6 12:28:50 UTC 2022

Dear Haskell community,

the GHC Steering committee is seeking nominations for one or more new

The committee scrutinizes, nitpicks, improves, weighs and eventually
accepts or rejects proposals that extend or change the language
supported by GHC and other (public-facing) aspects of GHC.
Our processes are described at
which is also the GitHub repository where proposals are proposed. In
particular, please have a look at the bylaws at

We are looking for a member who has the ability 
 * to understand such language extension proposals,
 * to find holes and missing corner cases in the specifications,
 * foresee the interaction with other language features and 
 * comment constructively and improve the proposals,
 * judge the cost/benefit ratio and
 * finally come to a justifiable conclusion.

We look for committee members who have some of these properties:
 * have substantial experience in writing Haskell applications or
   libraries, which they can use to inform judgements about the
   utility or otherwise of proposed features,
 * have made active contributions to the Haskell community, for
   some time,
 * have expertise in language design and implementation, in either
   Haskell or related languages, which they can share with us.

There is no shortage of people who are eager to get fancy new features
into the language, both in the committee and the wider community. But
each new feature imposes a cost, to implement, to maintain in
perpetuity in GHC's code base, to learn, and to deal with its
unexpected interaction with other features. We need to strike a
balance, one that encourages innovation (as GHC always has) while still
making Haskell attractive for real-world production use and for
teaching. We therefore seek a balance of background, expertise, and
views on the committee.

Membership of the committee gives you the chance to influence the
future direction of Haskell, and to serve the Haskell community. The
committee’s work requires a small, but non-trivial amount of time,
especially when you are assigned a proposal for shepherding. We
estimate the workload to be around 2 hours per week, and our process
works best if members usually respond to technical emails within 1-2
weeks (within days is even better). Please keep that in mind if your
email inbox is already overflowing.

To nominate yourself, please send an email to me (as the committee
secretary) at mail at joachim-breitner.de until February 11th. I will
distribute the nominations among the committee, and we will keep the
nominations and our deliberations private.

On behalf of the committee,
Joachim Breitner

Joachim Breitner
  mail at joachim-breitner.de

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