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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • as the CPAN front page is all bulleted lists...and that's precisely what the page extols as readable. If people can't read that, then that's, again, not our problem but theirs. You know the old saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. CPAN is still around precisely because it hasn't been over-engineered like so many other things in perl.

    P5 and P6 and Ponie and Parrot are all to the point where only people with tuits and clue can do anything so I suppose the only thing lef

    • No, if people can't read something on your site it is EXACTLY your problem. Websites should do everything possible to enhance the user experience.

      The mere presence of bulleted lists does not provide a 100 percent readable, usable solution. Consider that the items on CPAN, for example, are not all that different and can confuse people deciding which item they should select.

      When our users tell us they're having a problem, we can't just say "Oh, you're all idiots". Why have such contempt for users? All u
      • That's the point, CPAN isn't a website, it's an FTP archive that just happens to have a bit of HTML. And, no, it's not our problem.
        • For those "point and click" users you've mentioned in other posts, most users don't know the difference between a web site and an FTP site. As long as the browser gets them there, they haven't a clue (nor do they usually need one) about the protocol.
          • The archive has remained usable for almost 9 years now precisely because we have maintained a very simple objective which is to keep the archive as an archive, not as a super website that holds your hand. That's not our job. If you want to build a CPAN for dummies site that uses a mirror of the archive there's absolutely nothing stopping you but as for the archive it will remain just an archive. This is where the 'search is not CPAN' statement comes it. Google isn't the internet anymore than search.cpan is