Looking at Questhub this evening, I saw BOOK's quest, where he included an ascii graph of his releases per year. I asked him on IRC how he created the graph, but I didn't get a reply in time, so wrote a script to do it. What does your graph look like?

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CPAN Tip lists all CPAN authors who have a Gittip account. More accurately it lists all CPAN authors who have linked their Gittip account with their MetaCPAN account, as described here.

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BOOK and I both recently adopted a distribution each from TOMI, URI-Title and URI-Find-Simple respectively. We got talking about adoptions, and BOOK wondered whether you could automatically identify distributions that had been adopted. A while back I briefly thought about that too, so we chatted about an initial approach. Here I describe that approach, and the code created to try it. Just so I'm clear, the blame for what follows can be put on BOOK.

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Last year I created PAUSE::Packages, which lets you iterate over all dists that PAUSE believes are still on CPAN. For a number of projects, including the CPAN Report 2013, I need to iterate over all releases of all dists. Yesterday I made the first release of CPAN::ReleaseHistory, which makes it easy to do that, in a similar way to PAUSE::Packages.

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When adopting a module, one of the steps is to email the author / current maintainer and ask if you can adopt his or her module. Here's a template for that email, to help grease the adoption wheels. Thanks to BOOK, whose laziness gumption prompted this.

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In a previous post I talked about deleting distributions from CPAN, and how there are plenty of dists that CPAN would be better without. In that I said I was going to start looking for candidate dists for removal. The first such dist, containing Win32::FUtils, has now been removed from CPAN (on 19th Jan 2014).

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I've just released a new version of HTML::Summary, which I adopted from Ave Wrigley (AWRIGLEY) and Tony Rose (TGROSE). The main reason I did this was to resolve a mix-up in PAUSE permissions, that was spotted by Brian Cassidy (BRICAS). But I was also coming full circle: I previously worked with Ave and Tony, and wrote the first version of HTML::Summary (with Tony), which never made it to CPAN.

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I've just released Text::Markdown::PerlExtensions to CPAN. This is a subclass of Text::Markdown that provides extensions for referring to Perl things using a pod-style syntax. I wrote it to use in bs, my blogging engine. At the moment it has formatting codes for referring to CPAN modules and authors.

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While creating the CPAN Report I decided to try and create the plots with as many different CPAN distributions as possible. This turned out to be very frustrating, and in the end I only used two packages.

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I think there are times when a distribution should be removed from CPAN entirely. If a distribution doesn't appear to be used, and there are other dists providing the same functionality which are being used, then I think we can consider removing it from CPAN. In this post I'll describe why it's good for CPAN if appropriate distributions are removed, how to decide what distributions should be removed, and suggest a process for distribution removal.

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