In response to the poll All I want for Christmas is: I wrote:
What I really want for Christmas is for Perl programmers to check out the Perl Foundation Blog and tell us what they really want out of the Perl Foundation. Dynamic languages are really coming into their own and I don't want the Perl community to miss out on this wonderful opportunity.
petdance (the TPF PR guy) put together a press release that excellently summarized what TPF is trying to do. I want to follow up on that and reinforce what's going on.
Many people have wanted more information about the Perl Foundation and what it does. Our purpose as stated on the Perl Foundation Web site is simply to [further] the advancement of the Perl programming language through open discussion, collaboration, design, and code.
However, the exact specifics of that should be dictated by the Perl community. TPF does not attempt to dictate. Instead, we want to know what you want and need so we can help make this happen. We get a lot of work done but our work has largely been a mystery to people. The goal of the blog is for you to have a much easier way to say what you want and provide feedback. More importantly, the blog allows others to see your feedback and comment on this and extend it.
Prior to the blog, you might stumble over posts on use.perl, Perlmonks, pages on the TPF web site or random email messages. Now we have a centralized place for you to look for information. Please check out the blog and see what we have to say and contribute your own ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.