Proposal: Programming Language Design and Implementation

Basically what is says on the tin. On CGCC we have a couple of questions about golfing language design, one of which partially focuses on what's possibly the most important and hard-to-get-right aspect of it: actually getting users.

Will we allow questions about:

  • Building and maintaining a community of your language's users
  • Attracting and organizing open source contributors to implement your programming languages
  • Advertising or bringing attention to a newly created language

These are slightly different issues from what we normally cover, but I feel like as a niche tag ( or something) it would be nice to have and not harmful in any way.


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These questions would be better suited for community building stack exchange


@mousetail makes a good point


Aspects of community building (especially those that have to do with "design and implementation" most definitely belong hereon

Finding that line is going to be a trial-and-error process, no doubt

Say you're a moderately-successful language designer, and you've got FooLang built, working, and in use by more than a handful of your dubious friends

Determining where to take a language next (whether it's syntactic updates, expanding the standard library, or whathaveyounot) is likely going to be a community-oriented process (ignore the BDFLs of the world for a moment)

The aspects of community management that directly relate to language "design" or "implementation" belong here

Aspects of community management that are more 'generic' belong over on CommunityBuilding.SE


I feel that gaining and cultivating a community of user and/or contributors for a programming language isn't any different from doing so for other kind of software, particular if it's not "general purpose" software like a word processor.

Having said that, if this community takes off, it will attract people with PL projects, and PL enthusiasts who are willing to try something new. How could it not?

Promoting your project is okay as long as you're not a spammer.

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    I think you're misunderstanding what this is asking. It's not about whether promoting your language on the site will be allowed, it's about whether questions about how to promote a language will be on-topic Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 3:07
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    ...which I think I non-answered in the first paragraph? That was meant to be an observation, not a full answer.
    – Pseudonym
    Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 4:33

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