Nice post, if for nothing else than making me think about the topic at hand. I think there's a lot of intuitive appeal to the logic that scary, interesting, and clever code is a detriment to code reuse. But I also think CPAN's success is a testament to that idea being a bit off base.
I won't pretend that I can explain why, but people have been posting idiomatic, obfuscatory, excessively clever, and even downright bad code to CPAN for a long time; yet it still seems to work out pretty well. People contribute. People reuse. The net effect seems to be positive, and a lot of good stuff emerges from the chaos.
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