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Re: Losing faith in CPAN - unresponsive module authors

by diotalevi (Canon)
on Jun 26, 2008 at 03:02 UTC ( #694093=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Losing faith in CPAN - unresponsive module authors

I'm an unresponsive CPAN author and it's because I don't have time. I hit email bankruptcy a year ago and now only check my mail once every few months. Most things I just discard and never look at. This includes most messages about modules. I wish this weren't so but I simply don't have time to do on-going maintenance for things that aren't actively requiring my attention. I am nearly always easily found on IRC and I hand out PAUSE permissions freely.

Perhaps next life I can be a good CPAN author.

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Comment on Re: Losing faith in CPAN - unresponsive module authors
Re^2: Losing faith in CPAN - unresponsive module authors
by adamk (Chaplain) on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:51 UTC
    > I hand out PAUSE permissions freely.
    >
    > Perhaps next life I can be a good CPAN author.

    You ARE a good CPAN author. You may not be a great maintainer (for completely understandable reasons) but if you RECOGNISE you can't maintain your code, and provide an easy to use mechanism for people to take over your work and continue, you've behaved in a responsible manner as the original author.

    Any author that knows to lead, follow, or get out of the way is an excellent author.
Re^2: Losing faith in CPAN - unresponsive module authors
by zby (Vicar) on Jun 26, 2008 at 07:33 UTC
    I don't know what is your CPAN id - so I did not check - but do you inform about this in your modules documentation?

      I'm JJORE and only my most recent distributions contain notes that solicit other people to get PAUSE permissions if they would like maintenance. Perhaps if updating documentation didn't also mean releasing a new version, this might not be a problem.

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Re^2: Losing faith in CPAN - unresponsive module authors
by xdg (Monsignor) on Jun 26, 2008 at 19:47 UTC
    ...I am nearly always easily found on IRC and I hand out PAUSE permissions freely.

    Suggestion: set up your cpan.org email address with an auto-responder that says what you just said above. That's at least a step towards being a good CPAN author. :-) Much friendlier than having email black-hole.

    -xdg

    Code written by xdg and posted on PerlMonks is public domain. It is provided as is with no warranties, express or implied, of any kind. Posted code may not have been tested. Use of posted code is at your own risk.

      No, I'd need to have a server running somewhere that I could host that on. If we had CPAN project pages as an automatic feature of having a distribution, this might be trivial.

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        Not to argue either way but you could manage this with a Gmail account. Have the cpan address go to it and set-up an autoresponder on it.

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