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  • Perhaps a set of clear Terms and Conditions for CPAN Authors is needed to ensure that anyone who uploads this kind of hatred fully expects it to be removed and not even hit BackPAN. His LICENSE agreement pretty much means no-one can use it, not that I can imagine anyone even wanting to.

    Plus, last time I looked a cube has 6 sides not 4. Flamebait or just ignorant? I suspect both.

    • The CPAN is a service provided for free where you are not entitled to expect anything, anyway. No policy is required to justify an unceremonious canning of that piece of trash. How many times has this sort of thing happened that we’d need to make mandates about it? If they’re made, is anyone going to invest the ongoing effort required to enforce them? If so, is that a good use of their time?

      I don’t think we need any kind of explicit policy at this time.

      • You're right, we're not entitled to anything. But I expect a certain amount of professional community ethics on CPAN and it's administration. So far I've always been very happy with their decisions. And if someone decides that there are cases where things are deleted off CPAN, I would expect a policy of what is acceptable and what is not. And having stated this, I indeed think there should be a policy needed to remove any kind of "trash."

        (Especially if emotional reactions and calls for removal seem to go
        --
        Ordinary morality is for ordinary people. -- Aleister Crowley
        • Well OK then, here’s a simple policy that merely codifies existing community expectation and would suffice to catch this one case: any upload must be under a Free licence.

          Now who is going to comb through everything ever uploaded and every new upload to ensure it complies with this policy?

          Because if you don’t enforce the policy consistently, then all it is is pretence. Removals can be justified by pointing to the policy, but whether you exercise it is every bit as arbitrary as before. All you

          • by DAxelrod (4649) on 2007.02.08 17:18 (#53147) Journal

            Well OK then, here’s a simple policy that merely codifies existing community expectation and would suffice to catch this one case: any upload must be under a Free licence.

            I was under the impression that this was already a requirement. Upon further research it appears this was not set out as straightforward as I thought.

            The CPAN FAQ specifically fobids [cpan.org] software which requires a fee to use, and says that if the license is not included [cpan.org] you should ask the author for clarification. That same section [cpan.org] does however talk about the OSI approved licenses, although it puts "approved" in quotes.