[Haskell] Re: New look for haskell.org: MediaWiki (now: Drupal)

Simon Marlow simonmar at microsoft.com
Tue Jan 10 12:09:15 EST 2006

Gour wrote:

> Well, I consider more important to first decide resolve about "why"
> rather than "how" ("When there is a will, there is a way." :-) i.e. do
> we need/want CMS like Drupal or not. Then, I'm sure we can sort out how
> to install it. I personally install some older Drupal on my localhost,
> but I'm ready to help (both wiki & CMS has to be maintained).

Personally I quite like the idea of using a CMS for haskell.org, but 
there needs to be enough effort available to make it fly and keep it 
flying, and I just don't see that yet.

> By looking at Drupal's site I've noticed that DocBook export module will
> be in 4.7 (atm in beta3.) and if you check
> http://drupal.org/handbook/modules/book it sounds interesting (there was
> lot of talk to e.g. keep DocBook format for GHC).
> And, as I wrote earlier, CMS brings forums and some other features, it's
> not just more powered-wiki, so let's decide if we want it...

I really hate forums.  I don't think I'd keep up with forums if we had 
them.  It takes 10 times longer to read a forum than a newsgroup, and 
since our mailing lists are gated to newsgroups on www.gmane.org, there 
doesn't seem to be a need for forums too.  You can even read & post 
using a web browser (though it's a bit primitive, I grant you).  Windows 
users have no trouble with newsgroups, because you get a newsreader 
installed by default with Windows XP (Outlook Express).  We should 
provide instructions for accessing the mailing lists using a newsreader 


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