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Re: Future Perl development

Juerd Waalboer
February 5, 2007 14:08
Re: Future Perl development
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Andy Lester skribis 2007-02-05 15:20 (-0600):
> I'm enthusiastic about Perl 6.  I'm the PR guy for TPF.  My problem  
> is that I have nothing to tell people about Perl 6 that is  
> interesting to them.

There's only one thing that's worse than telling nothing: telling lies.

And unfortunately, web pages that were once telling the truth, are now
outdated and tell lies. Nobody did this on purpose, and certainly nobody
intended it.

I'm also not saying that it's your fault that the pages are outdated.
But it would be very nice if you, in your PR role, could fix it.

As for having nothing to tell, I don't buy that. Every mailing list
summary, smoke report, post on, and meeting minutes, can be
construed as news. PR is a form of art, so be creative :)

If there's a constant aggregate of those things, on "the" Perl 6
website, then that's better PR than we have now: all kinds of sites that
seem to indicate that nothing has been happening for years.

Perl 6 PR needs all the "old news" to be *removed* and replaced by
references to "the" Perl 6 website. And of course, it needs this central

It would also help lots if the Apocalypses *themselves* carried large
banners indicating that they are historic documents. Many people find
them through Google or other direct links, and never read the warning.

> People want to know when something will be done.  Anything.

They also want large sums of money, and world peace. 

We can't give them that, can we? But one can perhaps keep them updated
about the progress.

> All I can tell them now is "Work is happening."  

Have you done so? Repeatedly?

> Pugs is doing amazing work, but it's not Perl 6.

It's a closely related project that implements the language Perl 6.

Perl 6 is several things. A language, and (in the future) an
implementation. So far, we have the language only. And Pugs certainly
does have everything to do with Perl 6, the language.

As far as I'm concerned, Pugs news is Perl 6 news.

> People never ask me "Tell me what work is being done on Parrot and  
> Perl 6."  They say "When will Perl 6 be out?"  That is a question  
> that continues to be unanswerable.

Since when has PR been about answering actual questions? :)
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