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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) Donation \Do*na"tion\, n. [L. donatio; cf. F. donation.] 1. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant. After donation there an absolute change and alienation of the property of the thing given. --South. 2. That which is given as a present; that which is transferred to another gratuitously; a gift. And some donation freely to estate On the bless'd lovers. --Shak. 3. (Law) The act or cont
    • Either you believe in the cause and donate or you don't.

      Sorry, the world isn't just black and white (or 0 and 1 for you geeks ;-). And even if it would be, there are things that convince people to change sides. That is, if you want to get more people to donate money, you need to convince the undecided and the skeptical and listen to their arguments. Talking about how noble the cause is, might help to convince some, but I'd expect that e.g. a bit more accountability and regular quarterly reports might help to convince many more.

      As for all you believers, there once was The Perl Institute (TPI [archive.org]) which sucked up money for "the cause" and disappeared. I know what I'm talking about as I both donated to TPI and watched it's demise. You can learn from history or you can ignore it. Don't get me wrong: in no way do I want to relate the current TPF with the former TPI, but even the Perl history shows that how noble the cause might be, it's never wrong to ask for accountability.

      --
      Cynic, n.: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. -- The Devil's Dictionary
      • Nothing is black and white. However, what I posted still stands. If you believe in the cause (and all that implies) you donate. Accountability is a good thing though.
        • Nothing is black and white. However, what I posted still stands. If you believe in the cause (and all that implies) you donate. Accountability is a good thing though.

          Regardless of what I feel about the cause, I have to put food on my own table before I can consider putting food on someone else's table.

          • Well duh! Who said any different? That isn't even implied.
            • Well duh! Who said any different? That isn't even implied.

              You said any different: Either you believe in the cause and donate or you don't.

              Which, when changed into code, becomes this:

              if ( ($believe_in_cause) && ($tpi->has_donated()) ) {
                  # You believe in the cause and donate
                  $good = 1;
              } else {
                  # or you don't
                  $good = 0;
              }