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  • <smartass>Last I checked, 25,000 + 50,000 came to 75,000</smartass> ;-)

    I suspect the problem is somewhat in having people to give it to who can do stuff that the community views as worthwhile AND that they wouldn't be able to (either at all or only on a much longer timescale) without it. For some - maybe many - folks who already have a full time job (which I suspect is the majority) that's kinda hard. I know full well the times I've been putting in full on-site days on projects, doing anything o

    • Maybe I'm off base, maybe not.

      I think your assessment is pretty reasonable. Certainly, it ties up with what I'm thinking, and why I'm fairly sure that "we" (well, they-who-have-this-money) can't "simply" offer to pay someone to "do stuff that needs doing" on Perl 5 - because nearly everyone obvious who already "does stuff" has a job, and isn't in a position where they can free up time if given money.

      Whilst anyone who does not (yet) "do stuff" would need training and mentoring (to some degree) by someone who already knows about it, and even if the volunteers can find the time to do that part, they certainly don't have the time to run the recruitment process that would precede it, or the HR and line management processes that would run in parallel with it. The total cost of a full time employee is (waves arms) somewhere from 2 to 4 times their salary. Whilst some of that cost is in fixtures such as office space that would likely not apply here, some of it is a cost borne by the employing organisation relating to "administering" that employee. That cost will continue to exist, and in the case of TPF or paying to employ somone, that cost is something that would manifest as time needed by someone(s) else. Time that we don't (yet) have. Hence why I was hoping that TPF would have approved the original more flexible plan for Richard, which would have allowed some investigation of what it would take to sustain actually employing someone, if not taking the process further.

      • That's why I think it is best to spend that money not on programming but on infrastructure: conferences, hosting (for Perl Mongers for example), graphic design for important Perl projects, etc.