MetaCPAN Undergoes "Unplanned Re-index"
Earlier today a some dev work on MetaCPAN had the unfortunate side effect of dropping the ElasticSearch index. This has effectively forced us to re-index the site from scratch. What makes this particularly painful is that we've lost the author data (including +1) which so many Perl devs have lovingly created over the past few weeks.
The short story is that minicpan should be indexed within a few hours. The rest of CPAN and BackPAN will likely be in the next day or so.
Because we've been looking at adding new features and haven't spent time on a proper backup strategy, we're in a suboptimal place right now. The good news is that this didn't happen several weeks from now with much more author data. Also, we're now forced to find a workable backup solution as our first priority.
I think now would be a good time to put out a call for volunteers. If you're inclined to help dig in with some sysadmin-minded tasks or just want to help with the overall MetaCPAN ecosystem, we could really use your help. The interest in the project is great, but so is the number of open issues, which grows by the day.
The more devs we have who can dig in and get something done, the closer we'll be to getting a bullet-proof system online which we can deploy and recommend with confidence.
Now might be a good time to remind folks that we are indeed still in beta, so there is some allowance for unplanned downtime etc. We're doing our best with the resources we have. If you'd like to help speed the progress, your contributions will be warmly welcomed.
Please drop in at #metacpan on irc.perl.org with kudos or complaints.