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Monday July 14, 2008
09:35 PM

Why do we let anyone upload anything to the CPAN?

[ #36912 ]

Every now and then on the CPAN we get some variety of weird, unusual, destructive, or simply batshit insane insane authors.

Typically they upload one, or two, or 10, or maybe even 20 modules of dubious value, and then most of the time they burn out after 6 months or so and dissappear.

Every time this happens, discussion will circulate pondering why we don't crack down on people, or restrict uploads or something of that nature.

This talk by Clay Shirky provides what I think is the best and most elequent explaination I've seen yet of why CPAN continues to maintain such low barriers.

Of course, full credit for maintaining this policy for the CPAN goes to Andreas, who understood this long before the rest of us, and continues to hold firm in his position.

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  • I think the 80/20 rule he explained was the most interesting bit. He says that 80% of all contributors give just a little tiny contribution, totalling to 20% of all contributions combined.

    What he doesn't touch upon is the fact that these 80% also constitute 80% of the "recruitment base" of a project.

    These 80% have recognized a project and invested enough time to give some kind of contribution - a bug report, a comment in an IRC channel, a documentation improvement, a recommendation or a patch. Their contr

  • CPAN and open source thrive because of the unfettered distribution of shit, not in spite of it.


  • I started reading your post and I was hoping your answer would be "it is better that way," and it was. Woo.