Very very small, and getting smaller by the day. The battle is all but lost, newer paradigms are taking all the young blood and you lot are helping it happen by stifling innovation, being super-critical and highly cynical of any ideas which don't fit your high and mighty ideas of how things should be done, and behaving like a bunch of elitist condescending bigoted snobs who look down from up high and cast your critical judgement with crooked old fingers at anyone who dares to challenge your status quo and doesn't automatically accept everything you say as GOSPEL.
All your work will be forgotten about, fighting CPAN to get modules to install correctly will be a thing of the past and Perl will become a museum artifact of how human nature took a brilliant design by a brilliant man dedicated to princples like TIMTOWTDI and Keep it simple, and turned it into a shackled narrow arbitrary construct that it takes years of hard work to understand whilst modern designs can be used and understood by a far wider audience with far less effort. It's already well on it's way to that end.
If Perl is what you say it must be, then Perl is not what I believed it to be nor what it is presented to be, and I look forward to the day when there is a language which does exactly what Perl set out to do, because under your high-faluting leadership Perl as it exists today is a very long way from what it ought to be, even Larry himself acknowledged that fact 11 years ago when he decided to completely rework the whole thing from the ground up in Perl 6, to remove the layers and layers of verbose arbitrary CRUFT that you claim is the only correct way to do things and has to be studied and adhered too like an outdated and obsolete religious tome.
Screw your obsolete religion, from its ashes maybe something greater than will come, but not the way your going.
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