[J3] (SC22WG5.6186) RE: [ukfortran] October meeting visa invitation letter

Malcolm Cohen malcolm at nag-j.co.jp
Wed Apr 29 04:31:05 EDT 2020

> The community is on GitHub. 


Well, *a* community is on GitHub. A substantial one even.


> I'm afraid I don't think this sweeping generalisation is productive, or fair.


Neither is being told we’re not part of The community.


Now, I don’t think this was the intended meaning of the first poster, but it was a natural and obvious interpretation, so I understand Anton’s poor reaction. Of course the committee has already started to take this “GitHub community” seriously, and welcomed its input. That welcome is absolutely *not* being withdrawn.


However, at this point I am not convinced that GitHub should become the central way that committee work should be done, and I agree with Bill that switching over to it right away seems more like a revolution than evolution.


> works just fine with teams spread over many timezones


Well, no. it does not work “just fine” for in-depth discussions the way we have traditionally done with subgroups. GitHub and all other technological solutions do not in fact solve the basic timezone issues that Bill pointed out. Such technologies can certainly help, but they cannot do everything, and furthermore are not “neutral” in their effect – not everyone is comfortable *or effective* with them.


Maybe in the end we will end up doing everything on GitHub, and maybe not. But for now, I would prefer that we “hasten slowly”.




..............Malcolm Cohen, NAG Oxford/Tokyo.


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://mailman.j3-fortran.org/pipermail/j3/attachments/20200429/ab28c57d/attachment-0001.htm>

More information about the J3 mailing list