Re: [Haskell] Guidelines for respectful communication
Thank you, Simon.
My experience with the Haskell community has been quite positive over the years. I am continually pleased to see community leaders make an intentional effort to maintain the Haskell community's reputation of kindness, helpfulness, and inclusiveness.
Say what you will about design-by-committee processes, but the growing Haskell community -- with the increasing diversity that comes with that -- is refining, extending, and supporting the language in new and interesting ways. By intentionally and explicitly embracing these patterns of respectful communication, you facilitate the continued growth and improvement of the language.
Thank you again for the careful thought you have put into the topic of communication. Your effort is greatly appreciated!
-- Dan Burton
On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 5:35 AM Simon Peyton Jones via Haskell <[hidden email]> wrote:
We are not trying to impose these guidelines on members of the Haskell community generally. Rather, we are adopting them for ourselves, as a signal that we seek high standards of discourse in the Haskell community, and are willing to publicly hold ourselves to that standard, in the hope that others may choose to follow suit.
We are calling them "guidelines for respectful communication" rather than a "code of conduct", because we want to encourage good communication, rather than focus on bad behaviour. Richard Stallman's recent post<https://lwn.net/Articles/769167/> about the new GNU Kind Communication Guidelines<https://gnu.org/philosophy/kind-communication.html> expresses the same idea.
Meanwhile, the Stack community is taking a similar approach<https://www.snoyman.com/blog/2018/11/proposal-stack-coc>.
Our guidelines are not set in stone; you can comment here<https://github.com/ghc-proposals/ghc-proposals/commit/373044b5a78519071b9a24b3681cfd1af06e57e0>. Perhaps they can evolve so that other Haskell committees (or even individuals) feel able to adopt them.
The Haskell community is such a rich collection of intelligent, passionate, and committed people. Thank you -- I love you all!