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  • There seems to be a considerable amount of activity in the perl community, but if you were to look at us from the outside we'd seem like we were on our last breath. I religiously read Linux Weekly News [] and if you compare perl's part of the development page to just about anything else, we're nearly non-existant. This has been bothering me for a while and I'm glad I'm not the only one. If could start getting more stuff into news form (at least one real story per day), then we could go to peopl
    • I submitted a story a few days ago highlighting the release of RCX modules for perl. This seemed pretty cool and noteworthy. My explanation of it might not have been the most lucid or interesting, but it seemed newsworthy. Anyway, my story was rejected. I'm not saying there weren't good reasons to do so, but knowing what was wrong with it or what the powers-that-be expect from submissions would be helpful.
      • Well, the RCX modules are old. They've been around for a couple of years and have been reported before (including mention in The Perl Journal), and I didn't see anything in your submission that marked anything new of significance going on with them. I am not at all against posting a blurb about a new module, but it should be something more than announcing a new release of an existing module; basically, I'd prefer to post blurbs about modules that have undergone extra-significant changes, or are entirely n
        • But so much of what happens with perl is about the modules! (I've spent some time lately recompiling php almost daily for a client that keeps wanting to throw different things in or change the database backend version, so my appreciation for the perl module system is quite high at the moment.) I don't want to turn the front page into a module list per se, but if 50% of what was there centered around interesting modules it would get us a lot closer to having at least daily stories. Many people would benefit from highlighting these modules because the normal mechanisms for disseminating new module information don't have any editorial control at all. Things like RCX, Alzabo, etc. haven't been covered very much and have a pretty low visibility. Core modules obviously don't need to show up there.

          Alternatively, if you really are opposed to having more module-focused content as use.perl stories, what sort of stories would you want to expand coverage? How much content is there that's of somewhat general interest, but isn't being covered already or isn't module-focused?