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  • by pudge (1) on 2002.07.05 13:41 (#10266) Homepage Journal
    I think Simon misses the point too, but not exactly in the way hfb says. I think the point should be that giving to TPF is not charity, but an investment. I think Simon is absolutely right that if TPF is a charity, it will not see a dime of my money. But if it is an investment -- not necessarily one in which I will reap financial benefit, but certainly on in which I will derive direct benefit -- then that's a different case altogether.

    Not to merely restate what Simon says, but for the sake of emphasis: when I give to charity, I prioritize what institutions I think need my money the most. TPF is not among them. When I invest, I prioritize what institutions I think benefit me the most. TPF very well may be among them.

    So as I see it TPF is best served to show in what ways people can expect to directly benefit from their "donations." And to a large extent, it does do that, via YAPC, Perl 6, Damian's speaking engagements, and more. I think it should be more clear and cohesive in these matters, so as to better market itself. Have a page that lists everything TPF does, and details how our money helps those projects along, and what other projects could be done with more money.
    • Darn, I find myself agreing with Pudge!
      I have benefited so much from Perl, from the paycheck I get every month to working with a language I love, to meeting people I can relate to at conferences and through the Perl Mongers, that frankly I could not imagine _not_ giving to TPF.
      The Perl culture, to which I think TPF contributes significantly, is just such an important, and treasured, part of my life that I feel like giving to TPF is akin to paying a psychiatrist, it really helps improve my sanity (at least w