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Re: Giving code to the community - but how?

by gryphon (Abbot)
on Aug 11, 2005 at 02:59 UTC ( #482841=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Giving code to the community - but how?

Greetings EvdB,

As someone who frequently uses http://prlmnks.org, first of all, thank you. It's a very practical and useful service you're providing. If you want to continue to host the service, bravo.

As for handing over the code to the community, I certainly recommend SourceForge for the whole of the project (including any related HTML or what-not). I would shy away from adding a CPAN module though, as your service is fairly specific to PerlMonks and doesn't contain (as far as I can tell) components that would want to run apart from the rest of the application.

There are a couple things you should know before you publish your project, though:

  • As soon as you go open source, all sorts of people are going to expect you to make bug fixes, and sometimes they can be very demanding
  • It may be very difficult to get folks to help out beyond just fixing a little bug here and there

I don't mean to sound negative. It's just a good idea to know what's coming. It's helpful to have a little patience with the users out there who lack it.

gryphon
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