Issue #579 - 2022-08-29 - Looking for that motivation

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Hi there!

Last time I mentioned the numbers I collect with the number of visitors to CPAN and I was wondering about the increased activity starting in August 2011. I got a few comments in email and some on Reddit.

Probably the best explanation is what I received from Neil Bowers:

Have a look at the CPAN report I did in February. If you look at the new user signups, you'll see a jump in 2012, and also looking at that chart you'll see that 2012, 2013, and 2014 seem to buck a trend.

In 2012 Intermediate Perl was released, which told the reader to sign up for a PAUSE account and release a test module. If I remember right, brian d foy ran a tutorial at YAPC::NA the previous year, where he also got people to sign up (not sure if the tutorial was 2011 or 2012). We had the first CPAN Day in 2014, which also resulted in a big bump in CPAN releases. That may have helped 2014 stay up above the trend.

The question now, what could be a new motivation to increase activity and if there could be one that is sustainable?

Enjoy your week!

Gabor Szabo


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