One thing that I've been thinking about as I've been trying to finish the first draft of the proposed recruiter help page (see previous blogs about this) is how I wish I coul find a way to better bridge the gag between the "Perl.org" community (basically Perl programmers that are active by contributing to CPAN, blogging, attending conferences, etc.) and the greater Perl community. You see, I just don't want to tell recruiters to look at CPAN to find good Perl programmers. Not only is that not fair to the vast numbers of great Perl programmers that just never wrote a CPAN module, or had time or could figure out how to contribute to an existing project, its damaging to CPAN since it could lead to people 'gaming' the system by spamming CPAN in order to raise their profile.
I know a lot of Perl programmers use Linkedin, and there are a number of Perl Linkedin groups that are variously active. Recruiters do use this. However, Linkedin is not always the best place for recruiters to look since a lot of people have some Perl experience and write that on their resume, leading to a lot of false hits when recruiters search.
So I was thinking maybe we could create a profiles.perl.org which would just be single page precis for any Perl programmer than ways to belong. We'd have to make it crazy easy to setup, but perhaps it could be a way to begin to entice our various groups to co-mingle a bit more.
Overkill? Just continue with Linkedin, Facebook, etc? Opinions?