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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I tried to suggest once that they should have some sort of memberships... personal, professional, corporate etc, with monthly costs or something.

    I seem to recall there was some flustering about how the US-imposed corporate structure was crap and so they legally couldn't do anything useful to help themselves.

    Or something like that...
    • We would love to accept monthly donations and we're working on making that easier. I'm currently working on a project to revamp TPF's donation system and it started with my request for a perl CRM [perlfoundation.org]. This will help us (TPF) better manage our relationship with you (our customer, in this case our supporters). I'm still working on the plan for this and should have updates soon. Watch TPF's blog.

      With regard to memberships, we've discussed this too. There are various questions that need to be sorted out to offe
      • Oh, maybe things like...

        - A vote in notional executive elections, if we ever had enough people to take it that way.

        - Points to spend on helping choose which grants to fund?

        - A complementary (and possibly exclusive?) DVD of talks from, say, YAPC::NA turning up at my door unexpectedly.

        But in general, the same things as you get from any membership.

        1. Community

        2. Exclusivity

        3. Respect

        4. Influence

        5. Altruism

        Don't treat this as a pure dollars and cents exercise, I don't want membership because I get $x dollars CASH BACK AS BOOK DISCOUNTS!

        The math on that is a complete failure.

        And scale it with dollars...

        Student Membership, 2 figure cost and 1 point of influence.

        Professional Membership, 3 figure cost, 5 points of influence.

        Company Membership, 4 figure cost, 20 points of influence, invitation to annual invitation-only "Perl Corporate Summit".

        Enterprise Membership, 5 figure cost, 100 points of influence, invitation to annual "Perl Corporate Summit" and other perks you get not just cause of the dollars, but also because these guys are likely to be big employers of Perl people...

        I've told various people this a few times and gotten mostly shrugs.

        But it would only take 5 Enterprise Members and a scattering of smaller ones and you could basically hire a Perl coder at normal rates permanently to work on Perl 5, or Perl 6, or special projects (like, say, hiring me or DAGOLDEN or whatever for 6 months to work on Strawberry and related areas).