(I'm not willing to) "accept more foibles from someone simply because they're famous"
Me neither, my friend. I accept Merlyn's foibles because (up till yesterday anyway) he was willing to point out problems in posted code that other fine, guru-caliber Monks may not have always caught.
Personally, I think we're extremely fortunate that Randal is/was with us. I say this with tremendous respect for all the great Perl coders here, but I don't see Larry, Tom, Gurusamy, or <insert respected name here> beating down doors to contribute to the Monastery.