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Shlomi Fish (918)

Shlomi Fish
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I'm a hacker of Perl, C, Shell, and occasionally other languages. Perl is my favourite language by far. I'm a member of the Israeli Perl Mongers, and contribute to and advocate open-source technologies. Technorati Profile [technorati.com]

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Friday November 24, 2006
02:14 AM

RFC: T-Shirts for Code

[ #31706 ]

Since the Web-CPAN T-shirts giveaway is not proving to be very popular among hackers, I've had the idea of expanding its scope. Why not give an Ozy and Millie T-shirt to the first 4 hackers who resolve a long-standing CPAN Request Tracker bug, not necessarily a web-cpan.berlios.de one?

Some ground rules I can think of:

  1. The bug has to be last-standing. It should have been opened for at least a month.
  2. It has to be approved by the module's maintainer or otherwise real.
  3. The patch should include a regression testcase, and a fix to the code.
  4. The module should be fairly popular and useful instead of a very obscure and unused module.
  5. The author should accept the patch into his mainline repository before the T-Shirt can be ordered.

I don't mind other people joining in with their own offers for the T-shirts (or other gifts) pool, but I'm sticking with O&M T-Shirts.

I've seen more than one CPAN modules with tens of open bugs in their Request Tracker queue, and I think offering T-shirts may be a good way to encourage people to get involved. So what do you all think? Is that a good idea?

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  • i don't think offering free stuff will encourage people much on doing things. unless it is an ipod or something.

    people will do it for fun and passion and not expecting anything back. hmm. on the other hand, a pack of beers is more appealing to me ;-)