random library: Request for Carter Tazio Schonwald (@cartazio) to step down as maintainer with immediate effect

Roman Cheplyaka roma at ro-che.info
Wed Jun 3 15:50:32 UTC 2020

Hi Carter,

random is a "public utility" library, and as such should be maintained by the community.

A group of qualified engineers (which you were welcome to join) have carefully prepared a release, to which it sounds like you don't have any specific technical objections.

Can you explain why they should not be able to make that release, or why you should be a gatekeeper of this process?

I appreciate the difficulty of the situation in which the U.S. is right now, but to me, this is just another reason not to have a single person in charge of a core library.


On 03/06/2020 17.02, Profpatsch wrote:
> I posted this comment on the thread of
> https://github.com/haskell/random/pull/62#issuecomment-638088258
> Since it was deleted and the comment thread locked by Carter,
> I am escalating this request to the mailing list, where it cannot be
> deleted.
> Profpatsch <notifications at github.com> writes:
>> @cartazio Please take even a fleeting look at https://github.com/idontgetoutmuch/random/pulls?q=is%3Apr+is%3Aclosed, notice the amount of discussion and the timeline.
>> This is the full-time work of a team of half a dozen of experts, probably breaching one man-year of effort, easily.
>> It cannot just be discarded out of hand.
>> I have been following the discussions (spread over mailinglists, issue trackers and elsewhere), and I propose you hand over maintainership of `random` as a base package.
> A parallel issue with relevant discussion can be found at
> https://github.com/haskell/random/pull/61
> I am writing this email from my personal account, because I fear for
> the health of the Haskell ecosystem, and I think Carter’s behaviour is
> extremely detrimental to it.
> I think a lot of other people feel the same way, so I encourage you to
> add your voice publicly.
> ~ Profpatsch

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