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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • ... to other garbage that has drifted out of other camps. To his credit, he picked things that were already decided or already done rather than trying to influence current events in his favor. And, despite the theme of the talk, he tried to be fair and accurate rather than just attack. It almost seemed to me that he cleared what he was going to say with the people involve before he said it. Uri at least seemed to know what his judgement was. I'm not sure being accused of abandoning an open source project is going to do any damage to someone's professional career. And there's that saying, "any publicity is good publicity". Even if people criticize how you've run an open source project, you're still running an open source project. I see the Perl camp doing very little of this stuff... and it's probably best to do very little, but not none. When none is done, no one is called on anything, and bad things happen, and most people never know why. It's especially bad when people feel like they need to rumor-monger in order to get any sort of a scoop on major falling outs. Even large companies release a PR when they break with a major partner or radically change directions. In open source, there might just be no releases, mailing list shut down, or so on. Someone standing up and saying, "so and so didn't like that Linux distros were patching his code, and was unable to get the matter corrected with them, so has decided to pursue a strategy other than open source for his work in the immediate future". That's not slanderous and it actively discourages the rumor mill from circulating more pointlessly titillating accounts of the same thing. And if any sort of conflict as this is hidden and not discussed, people are more likely to be surprised by the circumstances that lead to it -- which I think is the real point of Alias' talk, and which I think he managed at, and did a good job minimizing ancillary damage. It's a difficult line to walk... but I'm not sure that means that no one should ever try to walk it, even a little. -scott