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Posted by Barbie
on 19th September 2015

One of the first offers of help for getting the CPAN Testers server fixed, was from a guy called Doug Bell. Doug impressed me a lot with that first email, and was the only person who I felt really understood what I was asking for in my post about wanting a successor. Not that others didn't grasp that, but the fact Doug was the only person to send me a CV, proved that he got that this wasn't just a small project, or that I wanted to hand over the keys to someone who wasn't going to make a commitment to the project. Doug credentials impressed me, and his ideas and help since being invited to be involved, only proved he wasn't in this for the short-haul.

Many may know Doug as PREACTION, both on CPAN and IRC. Doug is the current leader of Chicago Perl Mongers, which also amused me, particularly once you know I'm based in Birmingham (UK) and Chicago is our twin city in America, and that I'm the leader of Birmingham Perl Mongers. Cue Twilight Zone theme tune! Doug has worked in web development, systems development and understands SysAdmin responsibilities. An ideal person to look after CPAN Testers, as you really do need a bit of everything. He also, perhaps most importantly, understands scale. CPAN Testers is a huge project, not just in terms of the number of reports (nearly 60 million), but the whole eco-system that is driven across the whole project.

I really needed a successor, as my home life and work life have been taking priority in recent years, and I don't want CPAN Testers to suffer because of that. I believe Doug is ideal to take over the project, and I hope you can give Doug the help and support that most have given me over the past 10 years or so. I'm not walking away completely, and will still be around to offer advice and help where needed, but Doug will be the one to drive the project forward from now on. He has some great ideas to help grow and improve the project, and I for one am really looking forward to seeing them come to fruition.

Doug and I have yet to meet, but hopefully the QA Hackathon 2016 will be the first time that I, along with all the other QA enthusiasts, will be able to sit down and discuss/design/plan his ideas for the future.

Welcome Doug, and thank you.


Doug is a good man

Doug is a good man. I worked with him for years and can honestly say that you picked the right guy for the job. 

Posted by JT on Monday, 21st September 2015

Congratulations Doug

As a fellow member, I can say that this is a great choice! Doug is a tireless Perl supporter and absolutely qualified.  Congratulations all around. 

Posted by Joel Berger on Monday, 21st September 2015

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