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PerlNet invites members of Australian and New Zealand Perl-focused user groups to use the PerlNet site for collaboration and contribution. Such groups are welcome to use PerlNet to manage content and enable collaboration both inside their own user-group and with the Perl community as a whole.

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Advantages of using PerlNet

PerlNet is about sharing and freedom. All information is freely available, freely distributable, and can be freely edited. These freedoms make it easy to update and improve content, and also provide assurances that this content will always be available for use.

PerlNet makes it easy to collaborate, both between members inside a group, and also between different groups. PerlNet is a convenient way for the entire group to share meeting histories, reviews, write articles on topics of interest to them, and provide information about the group and its members to the wider community. Groups can also collaborate and share knowledge on topics such as the weekly collaborations, building a great resource for all.

By contributing to PerlNet, members make themselves more visible to projects and businesses who are looking for individuals with specialist skills. Indeed, individuals looking for employment options are encouraged to list themselves and their skills, and PerlNet lists current jobs on the main page and through user templates that individuals can add to their own pages.

We hope that the collaborative nature PerlNet will help foster stronger relationships between the Australian and New Zealand Perl communities as a whole.

For more information about the PerlNet project, see our introduction to PerlNet and FAQ.

How can my group use PerlNet?

There's a good chance that your group is already listed on our Perl Mongers page, and that some of your members are already PerlNet contributors. If you spot anything that could be improved, then be bold and make those changes. PerlNet encourages active contribution from all members, there's no need to ask for permission first.

PerlNet is ideal for working together on projects and content. You may wish to start or contribute to group projects such as:

  • A blurb for prospective members of your group.
  • Meeting histories and talk reviews.
  • Directories of presentation slides and materials.
  • History of your group.
  • Group members profiles and projects.
  • Upcoming events.

Try looking at some of the existing Perl Mongers pages if you want more inspiration. Don't be afraid to share ideas or add new content, that's what PerlNet is all about.

If your group is not a registered Perl Mongers chapter, please read the Perl Mongers FAQ to find out how to get started. In addition to ensuring your group is listed on the official Perl Monger groups page, Perl Mongers also provides extras services you may wish to use for your group including mailing lists, standalone hosting, and domain name setup (yourgroup.pm.org).

Please note that pm.org services are run by a dedicated team of volunteers, so be patient and polite when making any requests.

Additionally, before requesting a new group please consider the activities of any existing groups in your area .. generally you will be referred to the existing group so the membership activities can be consolidated.

Lastly, if you are in the process of setting up a new group we encourage you to create a PerlNet page to let other interested folks know that a group is in the process of being formed.

Can I use PerlNet as our group's homepage?

You are welcome to use any of the pages on PerlNet as a homepage for your group. Some groups use their group page for this purpose, but it is neither a requirement nor an expectation of using PerlNet. Just because you have content and collaborations on PerlNet doesn't stop you from having a separate set of pages for your group. You're always welcome to link to PerlNet content when appropriate, and we encourage you to provide links from PerlNet to your group's main page.

Some groups may discover that having PerlNet act as their main page makes it easier for members to contribute to the group's knowledge and distributes maintenance, as well as making their groups more visible to the rest of the Perl community.

Will PerlNet ever charge for its services to user groups or individuals?

No! PerlNet is a free service, and will remain that way. Even if PerlNet did try to charge for its services, the license on PerlNet's content allows you to use it to start your own project or site.

Tell me more about the freedom of PerlNet content

All material on PerlNet is governed by a share-alike license, unless stated otherwise (see Project:Copyrights for details). You're welcome to use the PerlNet material in your own site, or to form the basis of other articles. You're even welcome to take a clone of the whole of PerlNet. Using PerlNet doesn't stop you from using or accessing your content in any way, but it does give others the ability to enjoy and improve upon it as well.

If you do use content from PerlNet, it must be properly attributed. Our copyrights page contains futher details, but a link back to the original page on PerlNet is considered sufficient attribution in most cases.

What is PerlNet's relationship to Perl Training Australia?

Perl Training Australia owns the infrastructure upon which PerlNet runs, and holds the current license to the domain perl.net.au. Perl Training Australia does not own PerlNet's content — it's owned by the individual contributors, who agree to license it for the community to share.

One of Perl Training Australia stated goals is to improve the profile and usage of Perl in Australia and New Zealand. PerlNet is one way of working towards that goal.

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