Informal Chat Medium

Hello Corelibs dev,

A few months back, I wanted to start contributing more seriously to Swift Open Source. I ended up helping out on the Swift Package Manager project and had a very positive experience. It’s not easy to jump into a big project and it would not have been such a success for me without their official Slack channel where I was grateful to often find a helping hand when I had doubts, questions, or wanted to discuss and understand the process or direction of the project. That medium really helped me to ask the kind of questions I was afraid to ask on the mailing-list, which feels like a more formal medium.

Now that I’m looking into what I can do on corelibs-foundation, I really wish an equivalent channel existed. Is this an idea the corelibs team would be interested in entertaining?

Regards,
David.

Hello Corelibs dev,

Hi David, welcome!

A few months back, I wanted to start contributing more seriously to Swift Open Source. I ended up helping out on the Swift Package Manager project and had a very positive experience. It’s not easy to jump into a big project and it would not have been such a success for me without their official Slack channel where I was grateful to often find a helping hand when I had doubts, questions, or wanted to discuss and understand the process or direction of the project. That medium really helped me to ask the kind of questions I was afraid to ask on the mailing-list, which feels like a more formal medium.

Now that I’m looking into what I can do on corelibs-foundation, I really wish an equivalent channel existed. Is this an idea the corelibs team would be interested in entertaining?

Yes, and indeed something that's been discussed for a while now is the possibility of moving the mailing lists to a forum:

https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution/Week-of-Mon-20170731/038452.html

Although Ted initially started the discussion with 'for swift-evolution' he later clarified he thought all should move:

https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution/Week-of-Mon-20170731/038454.html

While it's not a Slack channel, I wonder if this would suit your needs if it were to happen?

Alex

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On 2 Aug 2017, at 20:34, David Hart via swift-corelibs-dev <swift-corelibs-dev@swift.org> wrote:

I've also found the SwiftPM Slack extremely useful and friendly.
Having something similar for corelibs-foundation is a good idea and I
would certainly join it.

Maybe we could start a #corelibs-foundation channel on the SwiftPM
Slack, as an experiment? If it's useful, over time the SwiftPM Slack
could become a "swift.org" Slack.

I see this as separate to the move of the mailing lists to Discourse.

Thanks,
Ian

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On 2 August 2017 at 20:34, David Hart via swift-corelibs-dev <swift-corelibs-dev@swift.org> wrote:

Hello Corelibs dev,

A few months back, I wanted to start contributing more seriously to Swift Open Source. I ended up helping out on the Swift Package Manager project and had a very positive experience. It’s not easy to jump into a big project and it would not have been such a success for me without their official Slack channel where I was grateful to often find a helping hand when I had doubts, questions, or wanted to discuss and understand the process or direction of the project. That medium really helped me to ask the kind of questions I was afraid to ask on the mailing-list, which feels like a more formal medium.

Now that I’m looking into what I can do on corelibs-foundation, I really wish an equivalent channel existed. Is this an idea the corelibs team would be interested in entertaining?

Regards,
David.
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Hello Corelibs dev,

Hi David, welcome!

A few months back, I wanted to start contributing more seriously to Swift Open Source. I ended up helping out on the Swift Package Manager project and had a very positive experience. It’s not easy to jump into a big project and it would not have been such a success for me without their official Slack channel where I was grateful to often find a helping hand when I had doubts, questions, or wanted to discuss and understand the process or direction of the project. That medium really helped me to ask the kind of questions I was afraid to ask on the mailing-list, which feels like a more formal medium.

Now that I’m looking into what I can do on corelibs-foundation, I really wish an equivalent channel existed. Is this an idea the corelibs team would be interested in entertaining?

Yes, and indeed something that's been discussed for a while now is the possibility of moving the mailing lists to a forum:

https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution/Week-of-Mon-20170731/038452.html

Although Ted initially started the discussion with 'for swift-evolution' he later clarified he thought all should move:

https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution/Week-of-Mon-20170731/038454.html

While it's not a Slack channel, I wonder if this would suit your needs if it were to happen?

I’ve followed those discussions and am very excited about moving the mailing lists to Discourse, but I think it doesn’t fundamentally change the medium. I think a chat channel is really a different beast.

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On 3 Aug 2017, at 10:33, Alex Blewitt <alblue@apple.com> wrote:

On 2 Aug 2017, at 20:34, David Hart via swift-corelibs-dev <swift-corelibs-dev@swift.org> wrote:

Alex

Hi all,

We have set up a #foundation channel on the Swift Package Manager
Slack and a few Foundation contributors have joined already.

If you'd like to join too, you can request an invite at
https://swift-package-manager.herokuapp.com/

See you there!

Ian Partridge

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On 3 August 2017 at 11:52, Ian Partridge <ian@poncho.org.uk> wrote:

I've also found the SwiftPM Slack extremely useful and friendly.
Having something similar for corelibs-foundation is a good idea and I
would certainly join it.

Maybe we could start a #corelibs-foundation channel on the SwiftPM
Slack, as an experiment? If it's useful, over time the SwiftPM Slack
could become a "swift.org" Slack.

I see this as separate to the move of the mailing lists to Discourse.

Thanks,
Ian

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Ian Partridge