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  • I'm sorry, but how does one work for a year on a website but not get the login working right?

    I was a bit interested in it, unlike all the previous "goodbye, cruel use Perl;" attempts, but clicking the button on the signup page I got a "can't fork page" error, then trying to login after a few tries it now says "This account has been disabled. Please see your system administrator for access.". Incredible! Maybe it's just me, but I find this to be a major turnoff...

    • As Dave pointed out, the site itself is actually very new. The idea has been around for a long time, but there were some false starts which were looked at and discarded. As mentioned, the site is alpha. It worked fine, but it turned out that when plenty of people hit it, there were memory issues. Given that it's a a fresh launch of a new site built by volunteer labor who freely admit that it's alpha code, it's understandable that there will be bugs. Regrettably, the nature of bugs is that they're unknown quantities. These issues didn't show up during testing and I promise you that there were plenty of other issues which did show up during testing. Both Dave and SixApart did a fantastic job of resolving many of them. And bear in mind that once this issue is resolved, plenty of other issues will show up during testing and others are going to complain.

      So a choice was made by Dave (and supported by myself and others), that since we didn't have the resources to test this as thoroughly as, say, major corporations do when launching a new product, we'd throw it out there with caveats. I'm sorry that the bugs we encountered were more severe than anticipated, but that's bugs for you. This will be resolved and will be a great alternative to use.perl, but please reserve judgment. This is a relatively new project being created with limited resources as a gift to the Perl community.