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  • Maybe you could have added an additional prize "Most Rude Talk" to Mr Crawford for standing in front of an audience that included some of the people that give their free time so he can download Perl modules and telling them that what they had built sucked.
    His talk was built for the easy laugh: "look here is a link on that page that leads to the doc for the module, now lets go back, click on the next link, cautiously avoid the link to that mysterious .tar.gz thingie, click on an other link... and we get the

    • >Maybe you could have added an additional prize
      >"Most Rude Talk" to Mr Crawford

      chuckle. Touche.

      >In short it mixed criticisms or CPAN,
      > and individual modules, without
      >ever distinguishing between them, offering an
      >analysis or giving a positive suggestion.

      I would agree with what you (and Elaine and Jarkko) have pointed out, that the thrust of his critique was on search.cpan, rather than CPAN.

      But, I think that this was a serious attempt to point out some shortcomings in the search.cpan user interface. (I have just gone over that in detail in a reply to Jarkko -- please forgive me for not reposting it.)

      But the important issue to me is that he was not treated respectfully. In my opinion, if you have the guts to stand up in front of a community of 300 people and substantively critique (one of) their most prized institutions, people should (at a minimum) refrain from interrupting you. Even if some people in the crowd don't agree that your critiques have merit.