agreeing a policy for maintainers and hackageDB

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at
Tue Jul 1 14:07:46 EDT 2008

On 2008.06.23 20:18:41 -0700, Bryan O'Sullivan <bos at> scribbled 0.3K characters:
> On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 2:05 AM, Ross Paterson <ross at> wrote:
> > When something is agreed, I propose to put it on the hackageDB upload
> > page and expect people to follow it.
> Thanks for putting this together. I like it, and I think that any
> colour will do for the bike shed maintainer field.

I realize this looks like a trivial discussion, but small things can make big differences - this is one of the primary convictions I've carried away from my Wikipedia experience.

The difference in edits between a wiki that forces you to make an account to edit and one that allows anonymous edits can be considerable, even though an account takes like 10 seconds to make (if you've done it before).

Similarly, if we force people to explicitly say whether or not something is maintained instead of having a reasonable default when omitted - we are ratcheting up how much of a commitment a Hackage upload represents. People only have so much commitment in them. Supply and demand...

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