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  • I think there's nothing wrong with TPF's call for donations. There's nothing wrong with taking as much time as needed to develop Perl6. Heck, the current Perl wasn't built in one year! Rethinking everything from scratch just takes a long time, and I think that if you want a good Perl 6, you should give everyone involved the time they need.

    What I do think is the main problem is that TPF doesn't communicate well enough to the community about what's going on. For example: I received a grant last year for pVoice. I had to promise to report back what I accomplished with the grant, which I did.
    Until I had spent every dollar of the grant, there wasn't even an announcement on the TPF site that I had received the grant, nor has my report ever been made available for others to see where their money had gone.

    The same has been going on with other grants, most notably the larger grants for Perl6.

    The bottom line is, if you want people to understand why they should give more money, let them know what you have done with it in the past, and keep them updated. Hardly any effort has been made to accomplish this at TPF.

    Just my $0.02
    • TPF is chronically bad at communication. This we know, and have known for a long time. Every few months we try again to start a new push. And every time it sputters and dies, or simply never gets off the ground (sometimes it feels like the Wright brothers). Why? Well, we're always short on volunteers, and our volunteers are always short on time.

      Over the years, my focus has shifted from large dramatic changes to small maintainable ones. Something like a regular column in The Perl Review [] can be done by a si