jabowery has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

You know what I'm talking about. Larry Wall even commented on it and admonished for a return to a kinder spirit. It has driven some long-time Perl programmers away from Perl.

What happened to the Perl community to make it so mean spirited?

I've got my suspicions but I'm curious what some of the other old-timers who have noticed this think about it.