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Not having/knowing the MANIFEST.SKIP can make it highly tedious to rebuild a distribution.
The only Perl archive I trust for the long term is the CPAN. Every distribution should be rebuildable from itself, perl, and other CPAN distros.
If an author abandons his module, we want to be able to continue his work from the CPAN data, not relying on an other source that may have disappeared with the maintainer.