David K Storrs wrote:
Hmmm...This doesn't seem to have particularly grabbed the popular imagination among the Perl6 crowd.
Well, I think it's the Perl5 crowd that is in much more need of having its imagination grabbed. :-) [big snip] Anyway, I very much like your ideas. (And Juerd's suggestion too.) I also think this thread is the sort of thing that would be a suitable topic of discussion on perl.perl6.meta. And some of your content would be useful for the (very preliminary) Perl 6 User FAQ that was recently posted there. At present, I'm getting to perl.perl6.meta through nntp.perl.org, and it will hopefully appear in Google Groups in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, you can see the archives at (http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl6.meta). I don't know if mail subscription is working for it. (This follows-up some #perl6 discussions in the preceding week about starting a general Perl 6 discussion NG. The idea is to first resurrect an old pre-existing group for this purpose, hence perl.perl6.meta. I'm about a week behind on reading the other *6* groups and #perl6, so I may have missed more recent discussions. I hope to be caught up by the end of the week.) Anyway, for the time being, I want to encourage you (and anyone else here) to cross-post (or move) discussions pertaining to *use* of Perl 6 (versus to "internal stuff" of ongoing language design and so on) to perl.perl6.meta. Likewise for other topics, such as marketing/evangelism, discussions of IDE support, brainstorming on how to get ponie funded, and so on.
And if the Perl6 community doesn't think it's a good idea, then I won't bother.
Have you asked on #perl6?
Just do it. You already know it's a good idea. You're asking people that are already insanely busy and very intensely concentrated on what they are already doing, and who are extremely (development) results-oriented, so it's unlikely you'll get much encouragement under such circumstances. Also, if you consider the Perl 6 community to include everyone who has ever downloaded and run Pugs and plans to use Perl 6, you might only be reaching 1% of that group with this thread. You can mine most of the information you need from archives. If you supplement that with a judicious question or two, every other day or so, on a variety of appropriate forums, you'll have a first class site in a couple of months. Conrad Schneiker