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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Piers,
    I think that would be a good idea.

    I also reckon and have been thinking for some time that you should be able to donate time/code in lieu of a donation and have it recognised. After all those with the most spare time to get stuff done usually have the least money and could get overlooked when it comes to handing out freebies, karma, etc.

    If somebody where to help admin, host, etc a site then there are many ways we could pay them back : putting them up when they come to a local meeting or conference

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    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
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  • I've had an AxKit donations page [axkit.org] up for over a year now which if people donated to it would help pay for bandwidth (£100 a month plus VAT) and other misc costs.

    As yet not a single person has made a donation.

    Perhaps this reflects on AxKit more than it reflects on the idea though.
  • At YAPC::Europe in Amsterdam [yapc.org], I was involved in a short discussion with a few people (can remember who, though), saying how cool it would be if YAS (and the Perl communauty behind it) could offer itself the work of lesser known Perl people (Michael Schwern's name was mentionned, along with CPANTS).

    What was discussed was something like:

    • choose a reliable Perl monger, with an interesting project
    • pay for one or two months of hard, dedicated work on some aspect of Perl (related to said project)
    • then, a few mo
  • Perhaps instead of an account destined for a specific purpose, donations could be marked as recognition of a specific value.

    While the money might go back to the recognized project if there was a specific need, by the time a project has reached the point where it is being acknowledged it often has much lower support needs that when it was unknown but being created. So the money might best be spent on similar sorts of projects and the comments on the donations used to decide which sorts of project and which
  • I've been thinking about that for awhile, too. The summaries (p5p and p6) mean a lot to me since I can't afford to be subscribed to the lists and drink from the firehouse. I would be very happy to donate to encourage these summaries. I appreciate you and Simon and everyone else who has written these, because they are my best connection to what's going on.

    The "summary of active development mailing list" format is perfect for people like me. I read the Kernel traffic summaries [zork.net] fairly regularly, too. An

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers