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Richard Hainsworth
March 13, 2021 07:22
Please create a Raku community channel
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This is a request to the Raku Coordinating Council that was elected at 
the end of last year.

Please name a channel where community wide plans or announcements are 
made. Or may be establish one.

I found out yesterday by the intervention of a regular participant in 
the community that a new documentation website is being worked on.

I joined a conversation on the raku-dev IRC and discovered that the 
plans are quite far established. Since I have been working full-time for 
three months on a project that could (not should!!) serve as the 
infra-structure of a new site, I was really quite surprised and I am 
sure many of you will understand it was jarring.

I follow all the conversations on this email list. I have found it very 
difficult (due to my own technical incompetence relating to github) to 
set up my github preferences to get regular notification about issues. I 
have also found that the IRC chats are streams of consciousness that are 
difficult for me to manage.

It seems however, that it is my fault that I was taken by surpriseĀ  by 
the news of a different documentation website and that I should have 
been following all the issues on the documentation repo or the problem 
solving repo.

It *IS* reasonable for Raku developers and community organisers to make 
it the responsibility of a participant to follow conversations, but I 
would suggest that the current scattering of conversations, on the IRC 
chat, various github repositories, this email list, is not *optimal* for 
the development of a coherent Raku community. It is also - I would 
suggest - a waste of human resources if the same objectives are pursued 
by multiple enthusiasts without any coordination or communication.

If the Raku Council were to designate some channel, whether its an email 
list, an IRC chat, or a github repo, or maybe a discord or slack or 
other channel as the main community resource, then I would make sure I 
could read all the messages there and stay in touch with what is happening.

Hence my request to the Raku council to consider improving communication 
between developers and the wider Raku community.


Richard Hainsworth

aka finanalyst

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