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Dana Hudes
December 3, 2011 13:06
Re: The CPAN Morass
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Feel free to make your own index of recommended modules or whatever, with whatever metadata your heart desires. Just don't try to ram it down the throats of everyone else: make it available, don't try to make it mandatory.
------Original Message------
From: Boyd Duffee
To: David Nicol
Subject: Re: The CPAN Morass
Sent: Dec 1, 2011 5:25 PM

David Nicol wrote:
> I would like to nominate Linda W. for receipt of a full refund of her
> CPAN subscription fees.

Now, now, behave. :) Linda has a valid viewpoint.  In the past, I myself 
have spent too much time trying to figure out which of the plethora of 
Mail modules I should be using.  (They surely must procreate via genetic 

While I shy away from ditching archived code (being in contention for 
Author of the Least Used Module in CPAN), I agree that there is no 
analogue to browsing in the library where I can tell at a glance if this 
potential object of my affections is shiny new or old and tatty.  Yes, 
people are erecting the shop fronts for great code and communities, but 
on principle, we shouldn't be bulldozing forgotten modules.  The Rough 
Guide to CPAN highlights the attractions and makes it easy to navigate.

Sure CPAN is great, but it could be even better and that takes work.

Boyd Duffee				Keele University
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   "Ё моё!" - Pavel Andreievich Chekov

Dana Hudes
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