The recent discussion about potential version control for all CPAN reminded me of a thought I've had for a while about backpan - namely that it is dangerous and ill-thought-out in its current state.
As it stands, it's impossible to remove anything from backpan, for any reason. So in backpan we have a gigantic minefield of potentially dangerous bugs and possibly even licensing-related legal issues.
How dangerous? How about rm -rf
A mechanism to Delete Forever is needed before somebody does themselves or their data harm. In the meantime, a big red PERIGO MINAS sign ought to be put on the front page. Actually having a front page for backpan first would also help; the just-dump-the-user-in-a-directory-listing look went out of fashion well over a decade ago.
Posted to use.perl because I'm not sure where to suggest this. Meant in good faith. Thanks.