Saturday, March 24, 2018

Goodbye Bitcard

Fourteen years ago, it seemed like a good idea to have SSO solution.  So, we built one -- Bitcard -- and deployed it across and related sites.  Today, it doesn't make much sense.  Nobody wants yet another account to keep track of -- especially only for limited use such as related sites.

We're switching our authentication systems to use Auth0.  If you want to have a login just for us, you still can.  You can also use your Google, GitHub, or Facebook account, and Auth0 will proxy the identity.  Through the magic of OAuth2, we don't get access to anything except your name and email address.

If you are logging into a site for the first time with Auth0, be sure to use the same email address you used with Bitcard, or your may end up with a new account. and have already switched to Auth0.  There's a few stragglers remaining, and then we'll shut down Bitcard.  It has served us well.

Thanks again to Auth0 for their great service!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

TLS only for has supported TLS since March. We're planning to make it TLS-only later in September, pending feedback. To start the process the homepage now redirects to the TLS version. Over the next days and weeks we'll make more and more of the URLs TLS-only.

Please let us know if this causes problems for common CPAN clients.

(IPv6 has also been re-enabled for

Monday, June 12, 2017 group hosting shutting down

As announced to the pm group leader mailing list, the group website hosting service is shutting down at the end of June 2017.  Sites will be maintained read-only for a period of time, but cannot be updated after that point.

Group leaders should contact support to point DNS to at an alternate hosting service if they wish to be able to edit their sites.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Network Maintenance (May 14, 2017 - 05:00 UTC)

Our hosting facility (Phyber) is performing maintenance in order to upgrade their networking equipment.  This may result in some services being unavailable for the next few hours as hardware is forklifted.

Affected services may include:
  • email and mailing lists
  • email and mailing lists
  • some websites
  • from some locations
  • (and others)
The new hardware sure looks pretty! has a new look!

Thanks to Babs Veloso (@babsveloso) for her hard work on creating a fresh new look for the websites!  It's live now!

Thew new design is clean and responsive for a better experience on sizes and shapes of devices.  It brings the site up to date with current best practices for design and implementation.  We're very excited.  It's hard to believe it's been almost 8 years since we launched the previous look.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fast and secure Perl docs and CPAN modules with help from Fastly

We'd like to thank Fastly for hosting and on their world class global CDN. 

As of last week, the sites are also available using https://!

   So you can now securely read the Perl core documentation or download over 180,000 modules at lightning fast speeds.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Email upgrades

Over the last many months Robert has worked on upgrading cleaning up some of the (more than a decade old) email forwarding and spam filtering infrastructure.

We switched some more MX records over the last 24 hours and some domains and email addresses didn't work correctly. The relevant DNS changes have been reverted. We'll try again sometime soon.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thanks to Digital Craftsmen

I just wanted to take a moment to give a quick "thank you" to Ben, Fahimul, Simon and the rest of the team at Digital Craftsmen.  They host the European CPAN Search mirror.  Recently they noticed the mirror wasn't performing as well as it should have been.  Then they helped quickly track down and resolve the issue.  Most hosting providers won't do that.  So...

Dear Digital Craftsmen, 
  Thank you for your help and continued support of Perl!
-The Team.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Want to help?

We're looking for volunteers to help with some of the systems.  Here are some specific examples:

  • Reply to some of the random emails that get sent to the wrong place.  (for example, "How do I do X in Perl?" sent to the webmaster address.)
  • Improve our spam filtering.  (Also, clean up our postfix setup.)
  • Migrate services to Docker.
  • Identify inactive Perl Mongers groups (and clean up linked services.)
If you're interested in these (or other projects), please drop an email to webmaster at

Update: We received a lot of responses and are working with our first batch of new volunteers to get these and some other projects done.  Thanks to everyone who responded!