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Re: Padre and usage statistics

by educated_foo (Vicar)
on Nov 14, 2008 at 14:53 UTC ( #723668=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Padre and usage statistics

As a module author, I have often wanted to know if anyone is using what I put on CPAN. CPAN download statistics would be nice, but there are too many excuses (we're volunteers, it's mirrored, blah blah blah, etc.), so Debian's popcon is a decent substitute if you can get your modules turned into Debian packages.

Finally, I agree with others here that software that phones home is spyware, period. Please don't do that.

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Re^2: Padre and usage statistics
by Zen (Deacon) on Nov 14, 2008 at 19:03 UTC
    I understand this need, too. I tend to join user groups or leave thank-you notes. I'd much rather do that than feel suspicious about the program I'm using.
      Indeed -- I often send a thank-you to authors of software I use, and receiving such a thank-you (or even a bug report!) is always a pleasure.

      PS -- If you use Mac OS, I highly recommend LittleSnitch, which will let you know whenever a program tries to make a network connection, and let you control how that program accesses the internet.

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