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  • Idea: "Online Survey: Projects We'd Like to See Funded by the Perl Foundation"

    Maybe the submissions take the form of replies to a post on Perl Monks or entries on a page on the Perl 5 wiki.

    Later, the Perl Foundation views the survey results and then uses its discretion to pick which projects it would like to put up for bids. Or maybe it picks one project at a time.

    The Perl Foundation then asks for confidential bids. The lowest bidder gets the project unless the Perl Foundation decides to award the grant to a bidder who wants a bit more money but is more likely to succeed. (This is all confidential at the Perl Foundation, to minimize hurt feelings, etc.)

    The Perl Foundation then publicizes the name of the winning bidder -- provides lots of strokes , prestige. No need to actually say how much money is being paid, though.