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Perl Mongers Census 2005

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A lightning talk I gave at EuroOSCON 2005 presenting the results of the Perl Mongers Census.

A lightning talk I gave at EuroOSCON 2005 presenting the results of the Perl Mongers Census.

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  • 1. Perl Mongers 2005 Census http://www.pm.org/
  • 2. Perl Mongers Perl Mongers are famously difficult to ● count It’s a lot like herding cats ●
  • 3. Why Count? If it’s so difficult, why do it? ● Gives an idea of where the Perl ● community is thriving Get estimates of numbers of Perl hackers ● Keep www.pm.org up to date ● Eliminate inactive groups ●
  • 4. The Census Form All known group leaders were asked to ● answer the following questions Leader's Name – Leader's Email – If the group is inactive please check this box – Do you have a mailing list? – How many people are subscribed to your – mailing list? How many posts does your mailing list get – each week?
  • 5. The Census Form (cont) Do you hold regular social meetings? – How regularly do you hold social meetings? – On average how many people come to your – social meetings? Do you hold regular technical meetings? – How regularly do you hold technical – meetings? On average how many people come to your – technical meetings?
  • 6. Basic Data Contacted 310 groups ● Responses from 207 groups ● Still missing 103 ● 66% response rate ● 29 just replied to tell us that the group ● was dead
  • 7. Groups by Continent North America: 75 ● Europe: 64 ● Asia: 15 ● South America: 14 ● Oceania: 5 ● Central America: 1 ● Africa: 1 ● Antarctica: 0 ●
  • 8. Groups by Country USA: 66 ● Germany: 14 ● Brazil: 11 ● UK: 8 ● Portugal: 6 ● Canada: 6 ● Italy: 5 ● Netherlands: 5 ●
  • 9. Mailing lists Do you have a mailing list? ● 146 yes – 23 no – Avg posts/week: 4.45 ● Busiest lists (posts/week) ● Brasil.pm, Sao-Paulo.pm, Melbourne.pm: 30 – NY.pm: 45 – Rio.pm: 50 – London.pm: 120 –
  • 10. Mailing lists (cont) Average members: 63.42 ● Biggest lists ● NY.pm, DC.pm: 250 – Boston.pm: 300 – Seattle.pm: 394 – London.pm: 736 – Total membership: 8,308 ●
  • 11. Social Meetings Do you hold social meetings? ● 94 yes – 71 no – How frequent? ● 44 once a month – 27 scheduled randomly – 10 less often – 8 every two months – 4 more than once a month –
  • 12. Social Meetings (cont) How well attended are your social ● meetings? Avg: 8.28 – Biggest: – GrandRapids.pm, PDX.pm, Lebanon.pm, ● Oegstgeest.pm, Mk.pm: 20 ThousandOaks.pm, Iran.pm: 25 ● London.pm: 35 ●
  • 13. Technical Meetings Do you hold technical meetings? ● 77 yes – 85 no – How frequent ● 36 once a month – 27 scheduled randomly – 6 every two months – 6 less often – 1 more than once a month –
  • 14. Technical Meetings (cont) How well attended are your technical ● meetings? Avg: 14.18 – Biggest: – GrandRapids.pm, London.pm, Vienna.pm, ● Kansai.pm, Rio.pm: 40 PortoAlegre.pm, Taubate.pm: 50 ● Shibuya.pm: 100 ●
  • 15. Some (Vague) Conclusions Many groups becoming inactive ● Almost as many groups starting up ● South America (especially Brazil) ● Japan ● London.pm still rule! ● Let’s all learn Spanish/Portuguese ●

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