A pumpking is born
I have written the following message to Perl 5 Porters, and I think it seems apt to provide it at large to the community here:
("group" in this context is the Perl 5 core development group: p5p.)
It's very hard for me to summarize what I think or how I feel about this. I'm deeply honored by the trust instilled in me by both Ricardo and the group. This means a lot and I intend to work hard to justify it.
I'm still getting to grips with what this role entails. I have a lot of emails to read, quite a few to write. Releases will continue as planned. I hope to make the process even easier. I hope to introduce more people to the guts of Perl and have more hands on board. I also fully intend to continue releasing the p5p summaries, possibly even more regularly.
For what it's worth, I have no great plans when it comes to changes to the Perl core. Some people are afraid that since Ricardo is stepping down and a less-experienced person is stepping up, things will hang and items might stall. Others are afraid that now everything will change because my head was mostly in higher-churn code and I might not see the possible risks. I want to clarify that my role will be centered in allowing and making it easier for others to work, have discussions, and reach decisions.
Given that, I also hope to receive the help of the group in doing this. My technical abilities fall short of countless many and I trust in the knowledge and experience of my peers. My social skill could use a bit of help too. :)
One thing I will continue to maintain is the civility of the list, making it a place on which we can have technical conversations without worrying about abusive language or behavior.
That's all I have for now, and thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.