Randal's been asking why this Perl 5 Wiki will be successful when all the others weren't. If you're asking "I never knew about any other Perl wikis" -- yeah, exactly. I wrote up a response in private and he encouraged I share it.
This wiki will work when others have failed, not because this
might be the Perl 5 wiki. Its because this *IS* *THE* Perl 5 wiki. The flag has
been planted on the high ground. We've got a visible domain name. Its backed by someone (me) with a mouth loud
enough to let everyone know and the force of personality and credibility to
sustain this fiat until it truly is so. And I know a lot of people want it to be so.
A wiki lives and dies by its contributors and content. In the early stages there is no content so the wiki is not useful. You have to whip up contributors to contribute to something which *in the future* will be useful. They have to be convinced the work is worthwhile and useful.
Now if there is doubt, maybe this wiki isn't the right place to put stuff.
Maybe the wiki will fail. Maybe someone else will start a competing wiki.
Then the early contributors will hesitate. Some will wait until there's some
content. If enough do there never will be content and it surely will collapse.
I intend to jump-start the content by hosting a wikithon at OSCON. Have a
bunch of people start off as many topics as they can, begin tracks of
discussion and content so that others can have a trail to follow and easy
tasks to do. Creating these pre-existing tracks eases new user's entry into
editing a visible, public wiki. I encourage local PM groups to do the same.
The wiki is hitching a ride on the "we need a list of recommended CPAN modules"
grumbling, which is always at a dull roar. It flamed up at YAPC this year. By
providing a place to put it the wiki can turn that discontent into positive
action and more contributions to the wiki.
About PerlNet. I looked at PerlNet. It has steady contributors and a lot of
content. I mulled simply crowning it the Perl 5 wiki, but its really the
Australian/NZ wiki and decided to leave it be. I'm talking with them now and
we're mulling what to do. One possibility is for the Perl 5 Wiki to absorb
all PerlNet's general Perl pages and have PerlNet just cross-link back to the
Perl 5 Wiki. Then PerlNet can focus on local content. Not sure what's going
to happen but rest assured they're involved and they seem quite happy that
someone's planted the Perl 5 Wiki flag.
The Perl 5 Wiki is only "my" wiki because I'm the one who finally got off
their ass and created it (or asked Kirsten to make it -- btw Kirsten is doing all the real work behind the scenes). After that the
playing field is level. Its a wiki, you have about as much control as I do.
Make it your wiki. Make it work.