Thank you all for your bug reports regarding base.pm which came out of this discussion. I'm very happy that you all took the time to inform the authors and maintainers of this module about your issues. I'm glad you thought to report the bug on RT and made use of the handy email interface so the author can easily track it for consideration later, should they be busy. Or even emailed the current maintainer. Though the base.pm documentation is sparse, I'm tickled to have received a patch to add a "how to report a bug" section from all you people who know better.
I particularly enjoyed the well written test cases which came with your patch. Although not necessary it makes identifying and debugging your problems a pleasure for the overworked author to fix your problem for free. Those who included working and well-formated patches, while not necessary at all to report a bug, were a nice bonus and a joy to apply. I'm pleased to see you're all contributing to Open Source and your concerns back to the people who can do something about it rather than just complaining to each other and the wind in general. Thank you for realizing that CPAN authors do not have the time to troll perlmonks for bugs about their modules. Thank you for making use of the centralized bug tracker which many people labor to keep running and useful for free. It helps immensely, both the author and your odds of getting a fix, to push the bug report to the author.
Bitching is not doing.
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