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  • From the grant committee rules of operation.

    9. The committee will, once each calendar year, produce a public report of all grants issued and their current status.

    Since it was formed in 2003, I presume there's at least one report somewhere.

    Things like this, and the election results, are not really "News", or "Press Releases" (as described by the perlfoundation.org website) by the actual functioning documents of the foundation itself.

    In fact, looking at the Press Releases for 2004 [perlfoundation.org] it wasn't announced publical
    • Since [the grants committee] was formed in 2003, I presume there's at least one report somewhere.
      Not a report as such, but there are status update email messages that could be summarized and put up on a web page. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but is better than what we have now.
      Things like this, and the election results, are not really "News", or "Press Releases" (as described by the perlfoundation.org website) by the actual functioning documents of the foundation itself.
      They are "events worthy of mentioning" which makes them news, whatever format they take.
      In fact, looking at the Press Releases for 2004 [the result of the 2004 election] wasn't announced publically.
      Yeah, I noticed this scanning the archives just after I posted. Not exactly sure what happened there, but I know I was on the first week of a 2 month trip then, so it's very likely I dropped a message in someone's inbox and hoped they had time to make the text into a press release, and forgot to check back and make sure it happened.

      I'm not sure what else to say except, yes, of course you're right and we've known this for a while now. Would you like to help?

      Helping doesn't necessarily mean "writing hundreds of press releases for TPF", though we certainly need someone to do that. One easy way to help would be to reply to each press release with some positive feedback, either something positive about the event that prompted the release or "thanks for writing that up". We burn out PR volunteers at an astonishingly high rate. It's a difficult job and about 90% of what they hear back is some paraphase of "that's a stupid thing to do" or "you need to make more press releases". It's discouraging.

      (Note that I'm not complaining about your comments. They are things that need to be said and I'd rather you say them to me. Part of my job as a leader is to take the heat for our failures and pass it on to the rest of the volunteers as contructive suggestions.)
      (There's also some history in how TPF got into this "negative reinforcement" loop, but I won't go into that unless you really want to know. I'm more concerned with breaking out of the loop.)

      So, immediate fixes: a) We're looking for a volunteer for the PR position again for the election this month. We have one possibility but others are welcome. Heck, we could probably do well with 5 volunteers, each responsible for writing up a different part of TPF (it might be a manageable workload for a change). b) Among my locations for "dropping stuff and hoping something happens with it" is brian d foy, and he's very good at making sure the news gets into each issue of The Perl Review [theperlreview.com]. It's worth subscribing to it.