Library proposals

Simon Peyton-Jones simonpj at
Fri Dec 10 12:51:36 CET 2010

| Here's a proposal: don't have mailing lists maintain libraries.
| Calling libraries@ a maintainer is a bit of a misnomer:
|  * libraries@ doesn't clean up the code.
|  * libraries@ doesn't write tests.
|  * libraries@ doesn't consider APIs for completeness.
|  * libraries@ doesn't polish documentation.
| Libraries maintained by the mailing list are only maintained thanks to
| individuals (the Simons, Ian, other people with commit access) do some
| spring cleaning outside the libraries process.
| My suggestion is that every library has a dedicated maintainer (or
| two), empowered to make changes to the library. That means that
| everyone want like every change they make, but it's much better than
| the alternative.

I agree with this.  There could be more than two maintainers, but they should be named individuals. If a library has no individuals willing to take it on, maybe we don't need it!


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