The 15 minute rule

communitycultureguidelines Thu 23 January 2014

When working on something, when you hit a problem don't ask for help right away. Work at it until you feel stuck. And when you're stuck, work at it for 15 more minutes, even if you feel like you're banging your head against the wall. And then ask for help.

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The CPAN buddy system

CPANBuddyculturecommunity Fri 16 August 2013

This is an idea for encouraging new contributors to CPAN. When someone uploads their first ever module to CPAN, a volunteer buddy would be assigned. This would be a more experienced CPAN author who would email them "hi, saw your just uploaded your first module — awesome! Let me know if you have any questions, in the meantime here are some good resources about modules, CPAN and the perl community". Of course that could be done automatically, but the human connection would make a lot of difference, I believe.

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