I've noticed quite a few posts lately regarding a particularly difficult dualism that effects our community. I"m talking about the whole "Putting something on CPAN is a gift, not an obligation" versus "You should stand behind your work". Like all dualisms its easy to make arguments on either side. You can certainly argue that unsupported abandon-ware hurts our community. On the other hand Perl has always triumphed individual rights and meritocracy as a core value, more so then most other languages I've worked with.
I'm not explicitly going to link to any particular blog posts because I don't feel I have the authority to claim any particular post is an example of one side of this dualism or the other. However you can peek at some of the more well known feeds to spot some examples.
I'm not interested in taking a side here about what other people should do. Personally I do feel a sense of obligation. I've made a decent career developing Perl applications, I've stood on the shoulders of CPAN giants and this has led me to feel I should contribute back as I can, either by contributing to existing code, through advocacy, helping on IRC and all that. If I release code and fail to respond in timely ways to comments and patches (as I did with Test::DBIx::Class ), even if there are personal reasons and events going on in my life that account for that, I feel bad about it. However I can't say everyone should feel similarly bad, that's just my personality type and my understanding of what it means for me personally to be part of the Perl community. I think the community automatically corrects itself by how much it values a particular piece of code. Unsupported bits get devalued and if the need is real someone else will eventually step up.
From a post modern viewpoint, often a dualism is a sort of false meaning structure, intended as a tool of enabling unequal hierarchies. I guess I would challenge people who fall strongly on one side or another to step back and ask themselves "how I am benefiting from my position?" Does my belief structure justify a view of the world that grants me authority or power to devalue others? What kind of community order would exist under either enabling mythology?