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CPAN module writer connection?
That's a good one. But other than the list, I would think that communities like this one would be good places to float suggestions for new modules.
The traditional way to find an unmet need is to have a continually annoying problem yourself. I've trained myself, over the years, to go looking for solutions to such problems on the net, before attempting to write my own code. If I don't find a solution, then I generally try to adapt one that is more or less near to addressing my problem. If I can't find anything even close, then I sit down and have a good cry. But I also realize that there's an opportunity at hand to bring succor and enlightenment to a troubled world, and maybe get someone to help write my solution.
Usually by then the problem has gone away. But if it hasn't, then I try to fix it myself. That usually results in some Perl code. If that isn't too embarrassing to see the light of day, I sometimes publish it. (That is, of course, a link to my most successful Open Source project. Um, well, my only successful Open Source project. The point is still valid. Really. Trust me.)
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers