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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The realisation that author's won't upgrade their modules to pick up improvments to M:I should have been something I understood earlier.

    I knew you'd eventually come around!

    • I think this whole debate serves as a useful lesson beyond this single point though.

      The point I understood early that I think you took a while to realize is that you can't educate the users. You can't expect an install to fail and have the user learn about Module::Build and install it. We saw the same problem with PREFIX.

      What I misunderstood is that you can't educate the authors either. I held authors to a higher standard than users and figured that we could at least educate this more limited audience. And
      • The point I understood early that I think you took a while to realize is that you can't educate the users.

        I reject the idea that users are born knowing how to configure and run CPAN to install a distribution, but somehow that magical education stops when they run into problems. If that were true, I wouldn't have a job at a media company dedicated to the proposition that we can publish information for users to educate themselves.

        • by Alias (5735) on 2008.03.18 21:01 (#61689) Homepage Journal
          Let me rephrase.

          You can educate some of the users some of the time, but you can't educate all of the users all of the time.

          And since our goals should be to find complete solutions, education doesn't really play much of a role in that process, because it can't be a complete solution.