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Re: Dealing with CPAN reviews

by cdarke (Prior)
on Aug 21, 2009 at 07:40 UTC ( [id://790271] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Dealing with CPAN reviews

At least you got some reviews...

I have been fortunate in getting a number of emails from users of my modules. These have always been constructive and are often requests for enhancements, which generally I am happy to implement.

So check your email regularly (is it me, or has the spam decreased recently?) and always respond. And <insert your favorite quote about critical reviews>.

Putting your own code out into the wild is a bit like watching your child go to school on the first day. At least modules don't grow into teenagers, or do they....?

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Re^2: Dealing with CPAN reviews
by tilly (Archbishop) on Aug 21, 2009 at 09:33 UTC
    I've heard anecdotal evidence that spam has decreased. If so, it is likely because of the economy. After all spamming is a business.

    We'll get a more definitive answer about what August was like when the State of Spam report comes out next month. Looking at their graph it looks like there was a decline in July.

      I've heard anecdotal evidence that spam has decreased. If so, it is likely because of the economy. After all spamming is a business.
      I think more precisely, spamming is a double-con... the spam business cons con-artists into thinking they can make money by using spam to con some tiny but significant percentage of the public... a lot of the spam I see is clearly targeted at old people ("Top of the morning to you!") who are new to the net but not wised-up yet. I have my doubts that there are a lot of people like this left.

        There is real money in spamming, so I'm sure they are doing that because it works. There may not be a lot of those people left, but they are probably more vulnerable to spam than most. Given how cheap it is to spam, even a very, very low success rate is profitable.

        Eventually nobody will fall for that and spammers will move on to doing other things.