Interesting post. This is timely for me, since I coded up some additional stuff for WWW::Mechanize (to handle link titles) that I needed for some testing I'm doing. I got onto #perl to ask about the protocol for doing such a thing, and was told to submit a change to RT on CPAN, along with my justification.

I have no idea what the author's reaction is going to be, but I've talked to Andy (once -- it's unlikely he'll remember), and I found him to be a great guy. He's also got his own opinions, and may decide, for a variety of different reasons not to include my changes. Hey, that's the way it goes. There are plenty of workarounds I can use if I want to continue to use my change in the future. It's not the end of the world if my change is rejected.

Always remember, There's More Than One Way To Do It -- when you realize that you're trying to force something to happen in a certain way, maybe that's a sign you should be trying a different approach.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

In reply to Re: CPAN Author Struggle: Am I a jerk? (unter-jerk) by talexb
in thread CPAN Author Struggle: Am I a jerk? (unter-jerk) by cmv

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