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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

Journal of acme (189)

Tuesday March 06, 2007
01:54 PM

Want to know a secret?

[ #32592 ]

I'll let you into a little secret: when I took over CPAN Testers because it was too slow, I made the database downloadable and intentionally made the design terrible and the content limited in order to get other people to contribute to the project.

It didn't work.

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  • I'm totally digging the new Testers results pages.
    • Indeed, it is very clean and easy to navigate. I like the rss feed link, I can keep a finger on the modules I use every day.

  • ... after all, I tried to contribute twice.

    It was just too inconvenient for me to do so.

    Now if you opened up your version and handed people commit at the drop of a hat, and then made it fairly easy to upgrade the website from svn, I bet you contributions would increase.

    I had the same problem with people contributing to modules hosted on SourceForge, it was too inconvenient for people to work out how to contribute there, so almost all of them gave up.

    Ever since moving to my current Insurrection setup, things
    • I get plenty of contributions for my sourceforge project [], and using it has the advantage that people can use thethe CVS tools they've already got instead of having to install Subversion. For people I've not yet given a commit bit to, I also accept patches by email.
  • OK, that story is awesome. Even if it is short. Maybe it's better being short.