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  • This is from memory (I don't keep IRC logs).

    K comes into #perl and says he will pay $100 for someone to login to his server, get WWW::Myspace installed, and explain how to do it - easy money.

    I reply that we are not here looking for jobs, that we are here mostly to help people learn for free, and that you couldn't afford us if you hired us. I went on to mention that Randal (merlyn) charges $250/hr with a 4 hour minimum.

    Insert a bunch of banter about how futile WWW::Myspace must be anyway - blah blah blah
    K's offer goes up in increments of $100 claiming it shouldn't take any of us more than an hour.

    I decide to see how hard it is to install (Cygwin) and am amazed that over 70 dependent modules need to be installed. I have to hand hold a few but nothing too difficult.

    I announce success in the channel.

    K private messages me unsolicited - did you get the tests to pass?

    I reply that it is never ok to private message someone that doesn't know you and hasn't told you it is acceptable. I indicate I would rather spend my free time helping people who want to learn.

    K indicates that someone got all the dependencies to install for him but couldn't get the test suite to run.

    At this point, I RTFM and discover that the author of WWW::Myspace has a huge warning that using the module is likely going to get your account deleted.

    I tell K that
    1. WWW::Myspace likely violates the EULA
    2. There are bug reports indicating test failures
    3. Older versions seem to work fine
    4. I installed all versions simultaneously

    K's response was - I don't care and I will take that risk.

    I told him I wouldn't, informed the channel about WWW::Myspace, and departed for the evening