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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I have given in the past, and I will give again this time. And I demand no extra (and costly) accountability.

    I give first because for the last 9 years perl has made me happy to be a programer. So I have already gotten a lot for what little money I have given to TPF. I have gotten Perl 5. And I make a living thanks to it. So if Larry wants to take my money and use it to buy pink paint because he believes that the sky should indeed be pink, then so be it. I don't go asking the stockholders at Adobe or Microso

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    mirod
    • So if Larry wants to take my money and use it to buy pink paint because he believes that the sky should indeed be pink, then so be it. I don't go asking the stockholders at Adobe or Microsoft what they do with the money I gave them.

      It seems there's some confusion here as to the manner in which people are being asked to donate. Customers of Adobe or Microsoft generally don't care what they do with the money. Investors certainly do, being as how they actually own the company.

      TPF isn't a commercial entity in the same regard, but consider a large charity (such as Oxfam, where I worked for 4 years). Some people are just happy donating cash or clothes or books, or whatever. But there's also a lot of accountability and transparency required.

      When I worked for Oxfam one of the national newspapers in the UK published an article claiming that the percentage of income which went on administration was disproportionately higher for Oxfam than for most other major charities. Donations that year fell significantly.

      • Well, I don't think that TPF actually pays anyone, so I'd think that ALL of the money we donate goes to the grants. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

        And yes, I donate partly because I think Perl 6 will be very cool, and will allow me to keep on coding in Perl in the future, and being able to advocate its use even to companies, or departments, that insist on using a "proper" language, whatever that is. That would be "donating as an investor".

        But I also donate because I think that I have benefited tremendou

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        mirod
        • I don't think that TPF actually pays anyone, so I'd think that ALL of the money we donate goes to the grants. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

          This wasn't my understanding. I may, of course, be wrong. The bylaws certainly allow for it.

          so far Perl (1..6) has been developed without the constraining legal framework that a few posters seem to long for, and I am quite pleased with the results, so it seems to make sense to trust the people who got us to where we are now.

          The major differences is that we