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PAUSE says, "Post a public message in a heavily trafficed site announcing your intention to take over the module. Potential places are http://use.perl.org/, http://www.perlmonks.org/, and any appropriate mailing lists or web forums."
For years now, I've been trying to contact the authors of Net::IMAP::Simple. I gave up and released my patches under an alternate name (Net::IMAP::Simple::Plus) -- but I thought: instead of adding even more to it, perhaps I should just ask modules-perl-org if I can upload my changes under the right name.
I'd really rather hear from them, but I've no idea how to reach them.
UPDATE: Trying all the routes suggested below. LATER: I didn't find anyone by the name Colin Faber on facebook that looked relevant. I did find a likely candidate on linkedin -- man they make it hard to send someone a message without paying, I claimed we worked together at I Made This Up between 1998 and 1999.
I'm not likely to call anyone. If he really wanted to be contacted, he would have kept his CPAN email up to date (it bounces). I suspect he's moved on to Ruby, Python, or *gasp* management. Time will tell. I'm certainly in no hurry to contact modules@ about it, so he's got plenty of time to learn of the learn of the power struggle ... and, if he ever wants it back, that won't be a problem either.
Even later: turns out his CPAN address does indeed work. I know I've tried it before, but it did work today. Further, he said he doesn't really have time to work on it anymore, and it may turn out that I'll become the maintainer without involving modules@ -- which I think is the point of this process.
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