in reply to
PerlMonks as do gooders- or, MonkCorps
Your idea is VERY noble, however I have a few problems with this idea.:
1. The potential for abuse- this has already been mentioned.
2. The fact that many non-profits have people making a lot more than me getting paid for doing what they do has always been a big problem for me. I no longer support non-profits that have professional telemarketers do their "begging". Why should I donate to a cause that can afford to send some outrageous % of my to a telemarketing firm?
3. Determining the "cause"- How do we determine whom to help? There are several non-profits that i have a hard time supporting because of their views, actions, or messages.
4. What about if someone posts a project and noone works on it? Do we need a non-profit to become irrate because we didn't help them or didn't finish in time?
5. What happens when something gets written that wonks out their system, code crashes, etc. What do we have to prevent us from getting slammed?
Please don't get me wrong, I am all for donating time, i work with several different forums that are a bit obscure. I am starting an on-line club for the high school near me to help some of the kids there get into computers. I work with the non-profit my sister works for to help them with computer needs. I follow a few mailing lists that are non-profits and read posts and send snippets that way- (kinda like PM).
There are plenty of opportunites to be a do gooder in our own everday lives, I don't think we at PM should try to play project manager for non-profits. I don't and don't think most of us here need anymore meetings/conference calls/deadlines. I much prefer the small work that picking up a side job(donated) here or there offers.