Hare evangelism

The success of Hare is dependent on having a thriving community of people working on Hare, using Hare to build cool things, helping each other, and developing and maintaining a vibrant ecosystem of tools, libraries, and other resources. To this end, it’s necessary to evangelise Hare a bit, to grow the ecosystem and attract the interest of people who might like it.

Much like all other goals for Hare, the community is encouraged to contribute by participating in these efforts. Bringing attention to Hare is a great (and often under-appreciated) way to contribute to the project.

Good ideas

These are some good ways to evangelise Hare:

  • Publishing content about Hare

    • Write for your personal blog, videos, podcasts, etc

    • Your experiences using Hare and thoughts on the language

    • Write-ups about your Hare projects and contributions

    • Tutorials on Hare libraries or language features [1]

    • Thoughts on interesting problems you encountered with Hare

  • Writing blog posts for harelang.org

    • Outlining discussions from Hare RFCs

    • Design notes about standard library modules

    • Design notes about the compiler or language features

    • etc

  • Signal-boosting cool projects written in Hare

  • Helping Hare users find interested collaborators

  • Participating in (organic!) online discussions about Hare on forums, Mastodon, HN, etc

  • Participating in industry events (e.g. Advent of Code) with Hare and writing about your experience

  • Talking about Hare at in-person events and conferences

The hare-evangelism mailing list has been set up to discuss the broader promotion of Hare. This is a great place to seek feedback on an idea, propose topics for blog posts, draw attention to notable projects, or seek editoral feedback on your writing. This is also where you should go if you, random internet user, find yourself thinking “wow these Hare users are annoying shills” so that we can talk about that.

Bad ideas

The following kinds of marketing activities are explicitly discouraged:

  • Paid advertising of any kind; sponsorships, banner ads, etc

  • Unsolicited calls for FOSS projects to write/rewrite their code in Hare

  • Putting down other programming languages or projects because Hare is “better”

When discussing Hare outside of Hare community spaces, the Code of conduct is not necessarily in effect. Nevertheless, you are strongly encouraged to behave as if it was, and to speak with kindness and empathy – don’t get into flamewars!