How to involve more Indians in the Perl community?
A few days ago I published some data on the distributions of visitors of the Perl Maven site and the people clicking on the links in Perl Weekly newsletter. (The number of visitors there is not that interesting.)
One intersting part of the data is that the 11.68% of the visitors of the Perl 5 Maven site are from India while they only generate 1.60% of the clicks in the Perl Weekly.
Why is the difference and what can be done with this information?
Most visitors of the Perl 5 Maven site look at the Perl Tutorial and the pages linked from it. Presumably these are beginner to intermediate Perl developers.
On the other hand the people who click on the Perl Weekly links are subscribers of the newsletter. Presumably have more experience in Perl on average, and are much more involved in Perl. Probably they are also more involved in the Open Source Perl community, than the random visitors of the Perl Maven site.
It would be nice to see similar statistics from *.perl.org, *.cpan.org and metacpan.org but I think even without those number I can assume that there is a huge gap in the level of involvement in the Perl community among the Indian Perl users.
If that's true, why are they not involved in the Open Source Perl Community?
- Is that because they don't know about it?
- Is that beacuse they don't care about open source or Perl? (Maybe cultural or ideological differences?)
- Is that because the Open Source Perl community is not welcoming to Indians?
- Is that because they have no time to be involved? (Do they have longer work hours? Do they need to spend more time with other tasks outside of work?)
- Are there other reasons?
Would it be important for the Perl comunity to have more Indians involved? If yes how could that be done?