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    I am certainly not part of the Haskell community, but I wonder this: Will the name “Ormolu” (which seems to mean a gold in color alloy) hinder widespread adoption of it? When I think about gofmt, Go’s formatter, even if it weren’t part of the standard toolchain, I could find it really easy with a search like “go format”, and remember it’s name, trivially. How does a newcomer to Haskell learn about ormolu, and remember that it’s there, as opposed to discovering it because of the name ghcfmt or haskfmt or some other variation like that?

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      If you’ve never used a code formatter before I think you’d probably find one first in the options of your editor plugin or part of a linting system at work. Once you experience one and decide you like them, one of the first things you search for when learning a new language is a code formatter, and Ormolu already shows up in the results. There are already others named haskell-formatter and hformat as well, using a name related to this might make it even more confusing as to which one is best. As for existing users, I usually learn about it from Twitter or a coworker, and to me a distinctive name is easier to remember.

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        I doubt the name would harm adoption. One of the more awkward names that comes to mind is zxcvbn, and I don’t think its adoption was harmed by it either.

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          It certainly ought not to be called ghcfmt nor haskfmt because it is in no way an official formatter!

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          I’m happy to see this. There have been a number of attempts at Haskell source formatters, but so far none that I tried came close to filling the gap that gofmt leaves. This one seems to have the right goals, and with tweag.io hopefully it will stick around and succeed.