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Re: this place should define a relation to CPAN soon

by HyperZonk (Friar)
on Jul 15, 2001 at 23:49 UTC ( #96890=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to this place should define a relation to CPAN soon

Update: In discussing this with crazyinsomniac and toma, I came to see the errors of my ways. :) People on perlmonks shouldn't have their code transferred to CPAN at someone else's decision. If one wants his or her code to be available in that central repository, one can upload to CPAN. Perhaps it would be better not to create a structure for doing so. If, on the other hand, the majority opinion is otherwise, I think that in addition to the points I made below, the original author of the code should have a say in whether or not the code is shared on CPAN.

Original message:
princepawn makes some valid points, as does everybody in this thread, particularly tilly in this reply. I think that one of the important word's in princepawn's original is "relationship," though.

Perhaps if perlmonks is willing to do some work to create this relationship, CPAN would be willing to unbend enough to create a special category for perlmonks' code. That is, an area in which it is understood that:
  • The available code is, at best, beta quality.
  • Documentation may be minimal or non-existent.
  • The code is neither supported nor maintained.
Our end of the bargain might be to create a special group of code reviewers whose specific task is to review code posted to perlmonks, and decide which pieces are of such substantive nature that they should be included in CPAN::perlmonks (or whatever). Included in such a task might be editing of code to include later suggestions and fixes from the thread in which the code was originally posted. The detail of that process can be worked out by consensus (ie, how many reviewers, how many votes from same required to move to CPAN, process for amending the code, etc.).

Of course, the main barrier to this is that adding such a review process will be a burden on vroom, but those who think that a relationship with CPAN will be useful should, IMO, be willing to help with implementing this.
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