Wishing to take advantage of the Winter of Code offer to pay for the resumption of This Week on perl5-porters, and noting my lack of recent income, I've decided to go ahead and write a summary for last week and submit it for consideration. I've taken as my inspiration the summaries done last year by grinder.
Several things I found out while doing this. Took me about two hours to do the actual skimming of the threads and writing. Another hour for formatting and linking, which will become faster. That's a weekly amount of effort I can deal with.
nntp.perl.org is an inadequate list archive for this purpose. The biggest problem being that it throws out anything that's not plain text including attachments. Thus, no patches. So at the end I switched over to the older archive at xray.
I toyed around with the idea of tagging each entry with things like "bug", "docs", "patch", "feature", "unapplied", "unanswered" and so on. I still think it's a good idea, I just don't have the syntax to do anything with it. By tagging open problems and bugs, and summarizing them, I hope it will be easier for someone to come along and do a little work. I also hope to prevent patches from being dropped on the floor.
I neglected to link entries about specific bugs and patches to their perlbug entries, something I'll rectify.
The wiki was used because when I want to write a bunch of formatted text with links, I reach for wiki markup. It seems to work. I might toy around with a blog format, this makes tagging easier and also linking to specific entries rather than whole weeks. Some sort of POD formatter would also be acceptable.