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Allison (3003)

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Saturday July 09, 2005
05:16 PM

TPF minutes

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I haven't gotten a single question via email. I guess everybody already knows everything they want to know about TPF and Perl 6. ;)

So, I'll start with one of the questions from the journal comments.

Why aren't the TPF meeting minutes available on the website?

We very rarely have formal meetings. Most of the business of TPF happens in email messages on various different lists or an exchange between a few people in email, on IRC, over the phone, or in person. This is pretty much the same way business happens in Perl development, so it's familar and comfortable to Perl people. (Personally, I'm allergic to Robert's Rules of Order. ;) The only "formal" meetings I can think of are the yearly elections. The results of those are announced publicly. The 2005 elections will happen later this month.

In general, we try to make sure significant events get press releases, but aren't always entirely successful. One of the things we've wanted for a while now is someone whose only volunteer responsibility is keeping an eye out for news-worthy events and writing them up. It's sounds easy, but it's really an extremely difficult job, and the handful of people who have taken it on over the years have all found that they didn't have the time to keep up with it.

We're working on communication, and will get better over time. Maybe you can help. :)

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  • There is, however, weekly telephone meeting and minutes of the Perl 6 design team, which is imho still newsworthy on the Perl foundation site. It would be nice for luqui or other summarizers to push them to the public; I'd be happy to help, too.
    • Yup. luqui volunteered for this last week. (Thanks, Luke!) This will be the 2nd or 3rd time we've tried to get this information flow going, so hopefully the third time's the charm. :)

      "When I started here, all there was was swamp. Other kings said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp, but the fourth one

  • From the grant committee rules of operation.

    9. The committee will, once each calendar year, produce a public report of all grants issued and their current status.

    Since it was formed in 2003, I presume there's at least one report somewhere.

    Things like this, and the election results, are not really "News", or "Press Releases" (as described by the perlfoundation.org website) by the actual functioning documents of the foundation itself.

    In fact, looking at the Press Releases for 2004 [perlfoundation.org] it wasn't announced publical
    • Since [the grants committee] was formed in 2003, I presume there's at least one report somewhere.

      Not a report as such, but there are status update email messages that could be summarized and put up on a web page. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but is better than what we have now.

      Things like this, and the election results, are not really "News", or "Press Releases" (as described by the perlfoundation.org website) by the actual functioning documents of the foundation itself.

      They are