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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Wednesday August 19, 2009
04:11 AM

What do you want in a web site?

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Side note: I've not given up on the Perl Marketing kick. It's just that some of the discussions are now taking place being the scenes with folks from TPF and EPO.

I'll be taking a couple of weeks off from hacking on my pet project as I'll be in the US for a friend's wedding, but in the meantime, I can still have ideas percolating in the back of my mind. What I'd like is some of your ideas percolating in the back of my mind.

Maybe you love adventure, you're bored with your home country, you prefer the politics of other countries, you want to travel, etc. Whatever your motivations, you probably have been annoyed trying to find "one stop shopping" for information about moving to other countries. Turns out it's a hard thing to do, but there's a lot of possibilities out there, if only you had the information.

Most Web sites dedicated to this topic restrict you to a single country or are old school sites like or hideous commercial sites like with no social aspects.

I think it would be interesting to build an online community of world travellers (or would-be travellers) with an ability to share stories, experiences, tips, etc. Search for countries by ease of entry, languages spoken, government stability, job prospects, immigration laws, etc. If such a Web site appealed to you, what would you want to see in such a site?

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  • Have you seen tripwolf []?

    Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley
    • Thanks. That gives me a few more ideas.

      • That was more meant as a "isn't this already doing what you want" :) What do you feel is missing there? More meta-information?

        Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley
        • I explicitly want something where someone can say "I want to move to another country, where can I go?" What they often want, though, is really information about the legal requirements they face. For example, I briefly described how to get a job in the UK [], but that's out of date (not much) and specific to the UK.

          What are marriage laws per country? Can you get in via ancestry? Can you get -- or do you even need -- a work permit? Does legally working in a country long enough give you an automatic path to

          • Ah, now I see. That sounds like a very good idea to me. I don't know if anything like this already exists. But since I remember the confusing parts of (only) moving from Austria to Germany, I can imagine this would be much appreciated, especially by people targetting countries that are further from where they are, and where the cultural differences are bigger.

            Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley
  • Can a site like yours do without the BigMac Index []?
  • I have two comments

    How are things done in the other country? I always wonder how things that annoy me where I live are done in other countries. Small thing like knowing if you can get credit card or debit card, if you can be in overdraft or not to larger things like how voting for parliament or president is done.

    This web site might be able to provide such information as that could be very interesting to people before making the move.

    Raising children in multilingual environment A long time ago I wante