Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CPANRatings going read-only

CPANRatings has gone read-only due to low traffic.  Existing ratings will still be visible, but it is no longer possible to add new ratings.

In a few months, we expect that MetaCPAN will add review functionality.  You can already favorite modules there and see the most popular modules counts.

Why are we doing this?  First, we haven't had time to give the site the attention it deserves in quite a while.  There are numerous open bugs and feature requests in the GitHub issue tracker.  Second, it gets extremely low traffic.  Only a few hundred visitors a week, rarely leaving reviews.  This will also allow us to shut down a few dependent services and free up resources for other use.

We know that CPANRatings is important to its (few) users and the community, and we look forward to the MetaCPAN replacement.  The current site will remain in read-only mode until the replacement is finished.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The end of an era: Saying goodbye to

It's with sad hearts that we are announcing that will be retired on the 25th of June 2018.

Graham Barr originally wrote the site nearly 20 years ago -- it first went live in early 1999 -- and it quickly became an invaluable resource for Perl developers around the world.

The ability to search CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) and read Perl module documentation online helped spark many developers interest in Perl and helped to build the Perl community.

The site was originally hosted by Washington University in St. Louis on a single Solaris box. For his work on, Graham won a White Camel award in 2002.

The site was later moved to the Perl NOC. US mirrors were hosted by YellowBot and Phyber and a European mirror has been hosted by digital craftsmen for the last 10 years. These amazing people and companies helped make the site a success.

In recent years maintenance has become a burden. Most of the site is running 2005 era Perl code.   Luckily, there is now a viable alternative: The MetaCPAN team has been getting ready for the transition and is nearly ready to take over.

Shortly, a link will be added to all pages on to inform users of the upcoming change.  After about a month, all traffic will be redirected to the equivalent MetaCPAN page.

We would like to thank all who have assisted with this project.  An extra special thanks to Graham for his hard work and unwavering support of for all these years.  To -- we will miss you.

Update #1 (2018-05-19):  There's some confusion around whether or not existing URLs will continue to work.  They will!  The vast majority of of them will be transparently served by MetaCPAN pages.  You do not need to update any links right now.

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.