The Perl Foundation is pleased to be working with and promoting Kevin Carillo’s research into newcomer experience and contributor behavior in Perl and other FOSS communities.

You also can help by taking the time to fill out this survey.

Kevin is a PhD candidate in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington. His research topic is about the influence of newcomer experience on contributor behaviour and performance in Free/Open Source Software communities.

If you have joined the Perl community within the last 2 years, he would like to invite you to complete an online survey. He is interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.

The data you provide will help gain insights about the experience of newcomers within the Perl community. It will also be used to improve the survey before it is later administered to contributors from other FOSS projects.

This survey is anonymous, and no information that would identify you is being collected. The results of the research may be deposited in the library’s institutional repository or presented at conferences or published as articles in professional or academic journals. You may request to be emailed the results of this research. Email addresses are stored in a separate database and cannot be linked to participant responses. The School of Information Management Human Ethics Committee has approved this research project.

The survey should take around 20 minutes of your time. If you know members of the Perl community who you think would be interested in completing it, please do not hesitate to let them know about this research.

The survey is available at:

It will be available until Monday, 22 October, 2012.

Kevin will post news about my progress with this research, and the results on my blog: If you have any questions, please contact me at or my supervisors Sid Huff at and Brenda Chawner at