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David Bruant david.bruant at
Fri Mar 25 13:38:22 PDT 2011

Le 25/03/2011 20:18, Brendan Eich a écrit :
> Dunno. You were ravaged by the Crocken so you may be a bit sore still :-/.
> Any list with informal/unsound syntax talk is not one I want to be on. It's not quite beer talk. It could lead to a breakthrough idea, who knows? But the cost is pretty high.
> I'm not against syntax proposals here, mind you. Let's just work out the grammar a bit before launching.
This is said and (hopefully) read by people who are currently on the
list. But it might be worth saying it while welcoming people on
es-discuss (on the listinfo page or welcoming e-mail after validation)
so that each time someone comes in with the expectation of bringing a
syntax idea, s/he can be told beforehand that s/he should start working
on the grammar and bring something already solid to the mailing-list.

I haven't taken the occasion to do so yet, but I'd like to thank you for
considering that an open mailing-list will be beneficial for ECMAScript
as a language.
Nevertheless, by doing so, you're creating a community and like every
community, there are rules, conventions, expectations. It might be time
to formalize these in a way or another. The WHATWG has done it on their
wiki. For inspiration, I recommend reading:



> /be
> On Mar 25, 2011, at 12:09 PM, Kris Kowal wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Brendan Eich <brendan at> wrote:
>>> No problem -- just don't provoke Zeus to unleash the Crock-en ;-).
>> Perhaps there needs to be a venue where non-experts can bounce ideas
>> and discuss points of pain with volunteering committee members to
>> reduce noise in this venue. There is little room here for
>> light-hearted discussion and mentoring for members of the community
>> who have less than full-time commitment and years of experience in
>> language design.
>> It's disappointing to be ostracized, but it is true. I also want to
>> see careful and well-wrought steady progress. I remember a former
>> decade when this discussion was impossible to follow, too many bad
>> ideas were too thoroughly discussed, and much time was wasted.
>> Kris Kowal
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