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Re: What's up with AnnoCPAN?

by itub (Priest)
on Jul 12, 2015 at 12:49 UTC ( #1134368=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What's up with AnnoCPAN?

Hi everyone! I'm the author of AnnoCPAN. I wish I could say the "maintainer", but as I'm sorry to admit, I've hardly done any maintenance on it for for quite a few years. I've mostly moved on to other things, as often happens in life. If someone is interested in taking over maintenance, perhaps we can arrange something.

I just tried adding a note, and it worked for me, so at least I'm happy to see that it isn't completely broken. But given that the code is ten years old, I wouldn't be surprised if some parts of it have failed to keep up with the times (or maybe there are some bugs that have been there all along, of course).

I do worry about keeping such an unmaintained website up. I hear very rarely about it, in either a positive or negative way, so I wonder if people are actually using it much. This sometimes leads me to think it might be better to pull the plug on it to have one thing less to worry about in my life.

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Re^2: What's up with AnnoCPAN?
by 1nickt (Abbot) on Jul 12, 2015 at 13:10 UTC

    Hi itub. I don't write because I know anything about AnnoCPAN, but because I want to say that you are most certainly entitled to have one thing less to worry about in my life. I once had a paying service that was bringing in quite a bit of money that I shut down for the same reason. I think products/services that are web-based bring an extra level of responsibility/stress.

    I suggest talking to the maintainers of the other planets in the CPAN solar system and see if any wants to absorb your project. Post a message loud and clear on the site stating that. Give yourself a deadline to know whether or not there will be an adopter, then either do the adoption or do the shut-down. In that case, make sure to leave the code around on GitHub, so some young turk can make use of your stuff when he or she is inspired in the future :-)


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Re^2: What's up with AnnoCPAN?
by Cody Fendant (Friar) on Jul 13, 2015 at 06:38 UTC
    The problem seems to have been temporary, because I have now successfully commented on Text::Markdown from a couple of different browsers at so you might like to tidy those up?
Re^2: What's up with AnnoCPAN?
by nysus (Parson) on Dec 23, 2017 at 22:56 UTC

    I would keep it up, even if it's to let people know it exists. I'm always surprised that tools like this never take off. I remember "Third Voice" which let people share notes about a web page back in the early naughts. I thought it was amazing. I just found out about AnnoCPAN myself and was impressed. I'm glad to know it exists and someone went down this path. Sometimes contributions show others the way even if they don't become popular.

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