I'm always uncomfortable when this subject comes up on PM. I think that in many ways a better donation on PM is to give your information and skills back. Answer questions, post meditations, deal with considerations, you could join sitedocclan and help document PM, join q&a editors and help maintain the Q&A sections, join janitors and help keep the place the tidy or join pmdev and help build tomorrows features or even just help clean up some of the code. Whatever, its not just a matter of donating cash.
Having said that I can understand that what all of these things mean is contributing time, and that for many of us time is too precious to donate, so feel free to donate cash. But currently the only debit I know of is in the grey area. Corion and I pay for hosting the dev server, but its not used much at present, although I expect that after we resynch it we shall see more traffic and use. Anyway, I guess its kinda moot because we don't get any of the cash from the offering plate. If you feel like it I guess you could mark your donation "for dev server, see de-merphq" somewhere in the donation (if thats possible) and maybe the TPF people will get in touch with me about it. (Or answer my emails :-) Having said that they will just use the cash for some other Perl related issue, so donating to them is still going to a good cause.
Anyway, I'd be just as happy to have some folks come onto pmdev and just go through the code and clean it up, node by node. Which is to be quite honest the computer equivelent of dirty nasty work, but the folks currently active in pmdev have only so much time to do it. I hear people say a lot of stuff like "but you need to understand the site first" but I have to say that a lot of what we need doesn't involve deep insite into the sites architecture. Its just plain and simple reformatting, documenting and refactoring stuff. Drudgework. Things like finding all the hand coded html and making XHTML compliant. Stuff like reworking simple algorithms so they are readable. Etc. So if you are up to it, please feel free to volunteer. (I should add that we dont accept all volunteers for PMDEV normally we expect monks to be around level 10 or 11 before we let them in, however this isn't that high a bar for most of our regular contributors.)
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