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Ricardo Signes
September 7, 2014 23:15
Re: Roadmap/plan for Perl 5?
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* demerphq <> [2014-09-07T17:20:59]
> I think this boils to a question about what the pumpking role is supposed
> to be.

If you ask me, it's:

* keep releases happening
* enforce perlpolicy¹
* settle debates when no consensus arises
* do a whole mess of boring crud nobody else wants to do, unless they can get
  it delegated to somebody reliable
* probably other important stuff distinct from "boring crud" that I can't think
  of while I'm full of dinner

Possibly in that order, but I'm happier with that as a bag than a list.

> Is the pumpking role supposed to be passive, like a referee?
> Or is it supposed to be active, providing leadership in terms of building
> consensus and promoting and encouraging certain lines of development?

Being a referee is a big part of it, for me, because I'd rather have people
find consensus by convincing one another than declare one side a winner.  (Or,
sometimes, to declare the argument winnerless.)  But that doesn't mean it's all
that.  It's certainly not "sit back and watch perl5 manage itself."

Again, let's look at subroutine signatures, which I think demonstrates both
sides of the issue.  I didn't go looking for signatures.  Peter Martini came to
the list with the idea and with code.  Once that happened, I tried to help keep
it in motion, to keep it under review, and to grow consensus where possible and
settle arguments where necessary.  I think it's a good example.

Of course, this is just how *I* feel I can do things most usefully.  Others
would probably want to arrange things differently… but I think the point above
are probably the sine qua non.

Footnote 1:  revising perlpolicy to aid in that is still on my short list!


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