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  • I've been thinking a bit about how to take the CPAN Testers Statistics site up to the next level, as part of my general plan to implement "consciousness" for the CPAN (more on that later in the year).

    In particular, I think the CPAN Testers is a critical part of one of the main feedback loops.

    1. CPAN Testers locates problems and problem modules.
    2. The FAIL 100 prioritises those problems by level of impact.
    3. (An future list tracks and rewards the people that fix the problems)
    4. CPAN Testers validates the correction of the problem.

    In order to make this more efficient, one change I wouldn't mind seeing is a change to (or an addition to) the scoring system you use.

    What I'd really love to see is an alternative "game" that counted the number of FAIL and UNKNOWN reports filed, multiplied by the distribution "Volatility" score.

    That is, you allocate points based on the ability to locate new and interesting failure cases for important modules.

    This is the sort of game I suspect someone like SREZIC (with his 5.5 and 5.6.2 smokers) would do pretty well in. And it would GREATLY increase the incentive for someone to get a VMS smoker running (or some other hard-to-obtain platform) :)