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jfluhmann (6902)

jfluhmann
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I work for Angelo State University as somewhat of a Windows server administrator. I am the founding member of the San Angelo Perl Mongers. I'm fairly new to the Perl Community at large.

I can be found on irc in #yapc, #news, and #win32. I'm trying to help out with the win32.perl.org project. I've recently acquired a PAUSE ID and might have a module or two on the CPAN (by the time you read this). http://search.cpan.org/~jfluhmann/ [cpan.org]

I am also one of the organizers for YAPC::NA 2007.
http://www.yapc.org/America [yapc.org]

Journal of jfluhmann (6902)

Tuesday May 23, 2006
04:37 PM

Volunteering for Perl Projects

[ #29685 ]

Now that it's summer and I have a break from working on a Masters degree late at night after work, I find myself wanting to take on some projects. I've recently contacted the Houston Perl Mongers and proposed partnering with them to submit a bid to host YAPC::NA::2007. In my e-mail to the Houston PM leader, I mentioned that the hosting of the conference could be a partnership between our group (Brazos Valley Perl Mongers) and theirs. I think they're considering it.

I've considered contacting some people about their to-do lists to see if there was anything that I could help with. I haven't done it yet, but I'm still considering it. I read Ask's posting on the Perl NOC site asking for volunteers. It looks like he found enough for what he needed. I've also read through some of the Perl Foundation's Summer of Code ideas.

Also, one of Jim Brandt's posts on the Perl Foundation blog got me thinking about trying to work on something like he mentioned (Perl Based Conference System). It would probably be a very worthwhile project for me if our bid for YAPC::NA::2007 was awarded and it came to Houston next year. Then, I would be in a great position to work on such a project.

Then, I started thinking about what I was trying to do. Maybe other people are in a similar situation, where they want to have a central place to go to find volunteer projects (instead of sifting through Sourceforge, etc.). This got me thinking about working on a 'Perl Volunteer' project. Maybe it could be volunteer.perl.org or something. And how great would it be to have the volunteer system built by none other than the volunteers themselves?!

Who knows, maybe I'll just go through the summer and get some much needed rest. If anyone has any ideas or recommendations, please let me know!

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  • Deal with volunteerism is tricky.

    I've probably got weeks of things to do, but a lot of it comes down the clearing my rt.cpan.org queue for me :)

    At the same time, a big chunk of people that volunteer for things dissapear after the first email, or after the second.

    Finding something you are interested enough in, but which isn't either extremely technical or scut work, with someone that is interested in getting help (or on a project bite-sized enough for you to take on and stick with).

    Look at the Community Code
    • I just realised that my comment sounds unnecesarily negative, despite the fact that I didn't want it to.

      And it also sounds like a recruiting pitch, despite the fact it isn't.

      There's always plenty to be done, and I personally have a queue in my head about 9 months long. Much of which aren't my projects.

      But beware that many people who have big projects are used to seeing volunteers not follow through.

      Perhaps what might be useful is some guide to _what_ it is exactly you are looking for. Something in a particu
      • Thanks for the replies. I've worked with Perl on Windows for a few years (I've only recently been given the opportunity to work with a Linux server). I'll take a look at the StrawberryPerl link you mentioned and maybe some of your other stuff.

        To address "what I'm looking for", I would say that I've found I learn best by doing, and doing again, and again. I'd love to have a project that I could say I worked on, but I'd also like it to be a project that allows me to learn more. I want something that all