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I haven't been here very long and I've still been trying to formulate my thoughts. What I've been feeling is that this is truely a rare site. I've thought that about other things before but the shine quickly wore off.
I've been thinking about posting something in Meditations about just how great of a place this is, but between still being a little hesitant, feeling that it's probably been said 100 times and not quite having the right words, I haven't.
Over the last couple days I've gotten a feeling that this site turely is for real. But my question then became one of how long it can last. Things change. Things evolve. And they usually don't preserve their original essence. My hope has been that since this site resolves around Perl and it's been able to maintain it's essence, maybe by some miracle so will PM.
My thoughts on making PM solvent are conflicted. On one hand I'd like to have PM change in a way that would alow it to be more viable but I don't want that to come at the cost of the community. There's something too good here to destroy. Here's some thoughts I've pondered:
Try to secure some type of corporate/(larger org.) funding. Would O'Rieley kick in a few bucks if there was a page here promoting their books? How does "Perl" get it's funding? Would they be willing to kick in? This is by far the best Perl community out there and it's existance contributes to growth of Perl.
There's also creating a subscription/donation type system. I feel that subscriptions have the potential to corrupt the site though. I'd happily donate, don't get me wrong. But the problem is that once someone pays a "subscription", they feel that they are owed something.
How about some donation type system where you get something for the donation. Say a sticker and a shirt for a donation of $50. Maybe you also get some type of token access/content on the site. Maybe a section only for donors. Also maybe some little symbolic designation on your name. That could encourage others.
Some of this is off of the top of my head so its not all that organized. Anyway.. that's all I have for now. If I come up with anything else, I'll add it.