I have to respectfully disagree, Ozy
The fact that Merlyn is a <insert positive superlative here> expert in Perl doesn't free him from all the foibles that come with being human.
If anything, I'm inclined to accept more, not less, foibles from Randal because he adds soooo much to Perlness of this Community.
Update: s/soooo much Perlness/expertise and knowledge/
Clarification: I would cut less slack for a less-than-tactful Monk if his posts didn't benefit the PM community or Perl programming ability.