packages with orphaned instances only

Henning Thielemann lemming at
Sat Jan 8 22:27:31 CET 2011

Stephen Tetley schrieb:
> On 7 January 2011 10:22, Christian Maeder <Christian.Maeder at> wrote:
>> So is this a bad idea?
> It sounds like a good idea to me.
> There might be some details to trash out, e.g. the granularity of
> packages - should there be a Quickcheck-orphans with Arbitrary
> instances for many structures, or separate packages
> (quickcheck-containers-instances, quickcheck-array-instances, ...) and
> perhaps a new top-level Hackage category is needed so people know
> where to find them - "Canonical instances", "Orphan instances", ...?

Since instances are always canonical (since you cannot safely have
multiple instance laying around), I vote for 'Orphan instances'. We
should explain this e.g. in

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