Giving thanks as thanks

Ricardo wrote an article "promoting little gifts", which @perlbuzz tweeted as "giving little gifts as thanks".

I like that idea, and it inspired me to remind people to please also consider just giving "thanks", too.

Sure, I'd love a song or a small ebook (and maybe I should set up a wishlist), but I also love getting an email saying thanks, particularly when it is from someone I don't already know telling me that they like a module I released to CPAN or telling me how they are using my code to solve some problem they have. Email is cheap, but still has huge impact.

Perl is a community built on altruism. Don't forget to say thank you!

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5 Comments

  1. Glen
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    It's true. Although, almost always, I prefer cookies.

  2. Randy
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    It's no surprise that I've used many of your modules (since you have a number of very influential ones out there), and have even released some modules myself that make heavy use of yours.

    Here's a short, incomplete list of some of the modules I'm very thankful for:

    CPAN::Meta
    Task::CPAN::Reporter
    Dist::Zilla::Plugin::CheckChangesHasContent
    Dist::Zilla::Plugin::CheckExtraTests
    File::chdir
    HTTP::Tiny
    Module::Build
    Module::Metadata

    Thanks for all of your great contributions to the community, and especially for all your work on cpan, pause, dist zilla, and surely many other projects you've influenced. You are an inspiration!

  3. Carey
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the suggestion! (Is that a meta-thanks?)

    From now on, I'm going to try and make a habit of sending thank-you emails to CPAN authors while their modules are installing. Seems like the least I can do.

    • Posted September 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      Great idea! Though, I install so many modules, that I'd probably have to automate it somehow. :-)

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