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missingthepoint
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Monday July 27, 2009
08:33 PM

A Commitment to Perl

"Hacker culture is a gift culture", or so quoth ESR. (And I'm probably paraphrasing.)

Also, competence matters (ibid).

Those memes in your mind, let me present you a conundrum: how does one gift the culture when less-than-competent?

I am talking about myself. Yes, I openly admit to being less-than-competent. I simply can't run with most of those in #perl6, and many other places.

But I would like to "gift the culture" nevertheless. As I've hinted, I'd specifically like to contribute to Perl 6. I believe in it.

So here is my plan. I hereby donate 20 hours of each week to Perl 6. And I would like some leaders in teh Perl 6 community to direct how that is spent, particularly right now, initially.

"Direct" can be simple (saying "learn PIR" for instance, and sending me on my way).

It can be complex ("Ben, jnthn is refactoring some PGE stuff, and doesn't have time to do X today. Can you spend some hours seeing if Y is feasible?").

I would like to give the main Perl 6 people exactly what they want. As best I divine, that's "contributors". I have one.

Perl 6 people: you are being given a little helper, to task, to put to use (not "use") as you see fit. Put him to use wisely.

Meta: this is an interesting sociological experiment. I'm giving you time, and as much say over that time as you desire.

What will happen? Hopefully, Perl 6 will benefit. Perhaps, I'll just be considered a nutjob. Both possibilities hold a certain appeal for me, the former slightly more so. :)