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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • In the past it has been frustrating for those wishing to fix broken modules, or want to take over maintainership, as it means a lot of effort is wasted trying to track down the author. The PAUSE Admins now have procedures to deal with this, but it would be so much easier to be able to contact author by their PAUSE address in the first place.

    In future for all those addresses that do get bounce backs, I shall be disabling the sending of summary reports.

    Given that CPANTESTERS has the side effect of determining

    • It's not necessarily that the author is uncontactable, but that the most obvious way to contact them, isn't set up.

      From my list, there were 32 PAUSE@cpan.org addresses that have email forwarding set up, which failed due to the forward address no longer existing. These are worth reporting perhaps, as in at least one case I know the author has moved jobs.

      However, the vast majority of rejections were due to the PAUSE@cpan.org address not having a valid forwarding address setup. In the author's PAUSE account you can specify an email address to be displayed in your Search CPAN page, but it appears that it is not automatically setup for email forwarding. I'm guessing that those authors are unaware that their PAUSE@cpan.org address is not activated for email forwarding by default.

      As to solutions for this, perhaps email forwarding should be enabled by default, thus forcing the author to disable it if they really don't want to be contacted that way, or some form of on screen warning when the use the form that emphasises that they need to enable email forwarding, or maybe some other alerting.

      Publishing a list somewhere, might alert some authors, but not choosing a decent module, simply because the author is on that list is not necessarily good idea, and would be an argument for not publishing the list IMO.