Here's something else you might find bizarre. There's a programming language many people greatly enjoy using that has very little stricture by default, lots of similar but slightly different ways to do the same thing, an object system that lets you use whatever type of datastructure you damn well please, and generally encourages a culture of "stay out of my living room because I ask, not because I have a shotgun." Perhaps you find it bizarre, but I find it downright refreshing.
I feel the same way about cooperative locking, non-exclusive opens, and -- to a far lesser extent -- the overwriting rename(). Do I wish there was a reasonable way to rename without clobbering-by-default? Yes, I do. That doesn't make me like the current behavior any less. Personally, I like a platform that lets me do what I want, even if what I want might be shooting myself in the foot. If this mentality is so strange to you, I wonder how exactly you've managed to stick with Perl as long as you have.
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