I didn't dismiss it out of hand. I said that CPAN, as it stands right now, will not change. This doesn't mean you cannot write your own interface to the data www.cpan.org provides an interface to. Randy Kobes has done just that.
My criteria for good software:
Does it work?
Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?
Re^5: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?