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  • Why are we using a commercial service? I tried to add one for my main email address and then when I wanted to add another for my CPAN address I got: "You could add another email address if you had a premium account". $10 a year for hosting one image? No thank you.
    • NO thanks indeed. Why not just let users upload a gravater.jpg to their author directory?
      • That was my thought also, but note that CPAN and search.cpan.org are not the same thing. How would the CPAN mirrors feel about carrying those photos? I guess it will be so little data in total that it doesn’t matter, but…

        • If the problem is the space, I'm willing to host it and invite the Perl Hackers out there to write something similar to gravatar ;-)
          • The problem is very unlikely to be space. search.cpan.org almost certainly has more than enough. The problem is just that the CPAN mirrors consented to a particular kind of use of their service, as a precondition to providing it, and I wouldn’t want to give them valid reason to object for not being consulted.

            I don’t know if it’s actually a problem. Someone who knows more about the CPAN politics will have to tell me.

        • My original idea was to have authors upload face.jpg and icon.jpg files. It's unlikely to be a real issue, there's all sorts of crap on CPAN that's not a module and nobody really cares, and this is actually useful. As long as its freely redistributable and has something to do with Perl.

          Even if every single author uploaded a picture and an icon it would be about 8 megs (an 80x80 full color jpg is about 2k and there's about 2000 authors), maybe more depending on your block size. Peanuts. CPAN is currently
          • As I said, it’s just about whether the mirrors will object to this use of their resources. But I didn’t do the math myself, so yeah – I guess we’re talking about such minuscule amounts of data that no one will possibly bother to complain. We have probably blown more bandwidth by reloading this use.Perl thread than the images are likely to consume for a good amount of time.

            Btw, if we do use these files, it would be nice if their names were added to the exception list of files that c [cpan.org]