This is a quick look at the number of CPAN pull requests that were done in February. Not as many as January, but our second-highest month ever. And comparing against previous Februarys, looking pretty good.

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I get quite a few emails each week from participants in the pull request challenge 'complaining' that their assigned dist doesn't have bugs to fix. If you've got a dist with outstanding bugs, and it's not on github, adding it to github can increase the likelihood of at least some of those bugs getting fixed. Here I list the top 20 dists not on github, according to bug count.

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There are various questions that people have asked related to the pull request challenge: will we be able to see an effect in github's stats, TIOBE, etc? My first question was: will this make a visible impact on the number of CPAN pull requests per month. In short: yes.

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I received my first pull request (PR) originating from the PR challenge today. NGLENN had been assigned HTML::ParseBrowser, a module I adopted a couple of years ago. He did the thing I've most been meaning to do, but never got around to. Unprompted. Aces!

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You've been handed a random CPAN distribution and been told to do something with it. But what? In this brief post I'll outline a high-level way to consider your options, and what to do for each option, with pointers to online resources to help you.

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This is a list of things you might consider doing when you've been assigned a CPAN distribution as part of the CPAN Pull Request Challenge (aka the CPAN Lottery). Before doing anything, please remember that the goal here is to improve CPAN while having fun, possibly learning stuff, and engaging with others. This is not a numbers game: there won't be a prize for the person making the most pull requests, and that would likely annoy the owner / maintainer as well.

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This is a collection of thoughts related to the etiquette of making pull requests. This is written with the CPAN pull request challenge in mind, but hopefully much of it applies more generally. These are just my thoughts, merged with guidelines found online, hastily written up. Please add and refine based on your experience.

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Email me to sign up for the 2015 CPAN pull request challenge! Each month I'll assign you a CPAN distribution, randomly selected. You'll have a month to submit a pull request.

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I went to the London Perl Workshop today. Lots of good talks and also a chance to catch up with friends. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers (and speakers!) who helped make it such a worthwhile day. This is my short report.

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I attended my first ever Perl Mongers meeting this evening, a Thames Valley PM (TVPM) tech talks session, and presented a rough first draft of a talk I've submitted to the London Perl Workshop. We had two lightning talks then random Perl chitchat at the pub.

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