Volunteers for a Haskell Platform steering committee

Iavor Diatchki iavor.diatchki at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 02:40:47 EDT 2009

I feel that I should volunteer too (instead of complaining to Don :-) )

On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Duncan
Coutts<duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> All,
> We recently discussed on the libraries list the issue of major vs minor
> releases, their frequency and what should be included in each.
> http://trac.haskell.org/haskell-platform/wiki/Policy
> There are a number of other policy decisions about the Haskell Platform
> that we will need to make in the coming weeks and months. The platform
> is supposed to be owned by and serve the interests of the community. As
> such it is important that significant decisions have some kind of
> community backing. The intention is that important issues are brought to
> the libraries mailing list, debated there and decisions reached.
> To ensure that the relevant issues are indeed discussed and decisions
> get made, we are proposing a steering committee. It would be the job of
> the steering committee to see that the important issues are properly
> discussed and decisions are made and recorded.
> It would be up to the committee to decide what issues to present, how to
> start discussions and if necessary how to guide them. Here are some
> examples of issues that the steering committee will likely want to bring
> to the attention of this mailing list:
>      * general package quality requirements
>      * portability (OS and compiler/language)
>      * balance of quality vs quantity in libraries
>      * license requirements
>      * procedures for deciding which packages to add (or drop)
> It is not the intention that the committee members get much more say in
> policy decisions than other active contributors to discussion on the
> libraries mailing list. We hope therefore that the membership of the
> committee does not need to be terribly formal. The only difficulty comes
> when consensus cannot be reached on an issue where making some decision
> is widely agreed to be better than making no decision. There is no
> specified protocol for this situation at this stage.
> There would obviously have to be good communication between the steering
> committee and the platform release team. The needs of the release team
> will inform the issues that get discussed and obviously the libraries
> list cannot mandate that the release team do the impractical.
> We are now seeking volunteers for this steering committee. A good number
> is probably around five.
> Comments, criticisms and volunteers please!
> Duncan
> PS. I'm going to be away 'til Sunday.
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