This evening I culled 80 participants in the Pull Request Challenge. These were people who had a January assignment but never did a pull request, and haven't replied to any of my subsequent emails. Culling them freed up 80 distributions to be assigned again in April.

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I've been asked a few times why the PR challenge only supports github, and not other repo sites. There are two main reasons: (1) it's by far the most popular, and (2) I have various scripts which use the GitHub API, and I'm too lazy to look into dealing with the other sites. Here are the stats to back up the first point.

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I've tweaked a few things in the past week, so they're all listed here: a new web site, changes in scoring, and a new hit list for getting dists on github.

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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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Until now I haven't really been sure what interpretation to put on MetaCPAN favorites, so I haven't favorited anything. You won't be surprised to hear that the PR challenge prompted me to think about favorites, and your response to my interpretation is likely to be "well, yeah, duh!".

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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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A key part of the Pull Request challenge is deciding which CPAN distributions to hand out each month. In this post I'll describe the way I rank distributions, with the highest-ranking previously-unassigned dists handed out each month. You can browse the list of ranked distributions. This is still very much a work-in-progress — I'm looking for input on the criteria used to 'score' distributions.

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We recently established an informal metadata standard for marking a distribution as deprecated, using the x_deprecated key. This is useful when automatically processing distributions, rather than pattern matching on the word 'deprecated' and variants. MetaCPAN will probably visually identify a distribution as deprecated based on this metadata. Here I'll describe how to add this to a distribution, using some of the distribution builders.

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