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[std-proposals] There should be a place for papers public discussion in a structured way.

From: Михаил Найденов <mihailnajdenov_at_[hidden]>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2022 19:03:18 +0300
It seems to me, public paper discussion of proposals is far from perfect.
People have few options:
 - Mail author. Not public, so not really an option
 - Reddit. Bad discoverability. No guaranties, the author will notice the
comment(s). Comments are locked after some time.
 - This list? In any case, not great either, because it is A) For future
(unsubmitted) proposals B) Not really for regular cpp users, but for
experts. In a way, the list itself is also not really discoverable.

Interestingly, the papers themselves are fairly easy to discover (and
track) via both cplusplus/papers on github and of course the open-std page.
However, once discovered there is no way to comment on them in a way, the
comment will be visible to both the author and the general public.

Having a central place to comment on paper will also solve another issue we
(the users) have - tracking design progress after a committee meeting. The
only source are the trip reports, which are also hard to discover, if
available at all.

Lastly, having a place for public discussion does not replace current forms
of communications, nor should it be "mandatory" (the author can decide not
to participate and should be able to remove comments). However if the
author is OK with a public discussion, there should be a place where the
users can find this discussion and participate in it. (One can argue, if
the paper is on the author's github, there a comment can be made, but this
will be unstable in the long run as this will be a comment to the file, not
the paper - it might change)

Thank You

Received on 2022-08-15 16:03:33