Happy Birthday, MetaCPAN!
It was exactly 1 year ago today (Nov 3, 2010) that I registered the metacpan.org domain name. Over the course of this year, the project has gone from a couple of guys writing some code to a true community effort. MetaCPAN is steadily being adopted by Perl developers around the globe and it is steadily gaining in functionality.
Together we've created a free, open, collaborative project which makes new tools available to CPAN lovers everywhere. The API has spawned some cool and very useful projects. The web site has spawned some much needed functionality in the form of diffs, syntax highlighting, author profiles etc.
What you may not know is that MetaCPAN is now set up in such a way that all resources (servers, DNS, email, domain registration, etc) can be configured by a handful of core devs. This means that if any one (or several) core devs drop out of the picture, the project can continue on as before. There is no one person who can act as a blocker to the rest of the contributors and anything which might be considered controversial requires consensus before it gets pushed to the master branch. So far, I think this has yielded good results.
For example, here's the latest roundup, which does not include numerous bug fixes and other tweaks by PERLER, among others:
Dyn officially comes on board as our DNS sponsor
Sept 9: RWSTAUNER adds CPANRatings links to /release and /module pages
Oct 19: AZAWAWI adds the ability for Padre to fetch Pod directly from MetaCPAN with the option of inserting the SYNOPSIS directly into your document
Oct 21: I add a chronologically sorted list of distributions to get a ++ on MetaCPAN. (A ++ leaderboard is also made available).
RWSTAUNER adds syntax highlighting for .c, .h and .xss See https://metacpan.org/source/DOY/Moose-2.0205/mop.c
Oct 28: RWSTAUNER adds syntax highlighting to Changes files. See https://metacpan.org/source/BRICAS/CPAN-Changes-0.18/Changes