I realize it is a volunteer project. People are contributing their hobby time to this passion, in different forms. I understand what a volunteer is, and I don't need patronizing.
I would debate your claim that I severely misunderstand the nature of community-driven development. I get it. I find you saying that I sit around and complain to be just as arrogant and unfair. I do stuff, I get stuff done, I accomplish things, and I do that while investing my time in both university and work before hobbies. I just don't get stuff done in the Perl 6 project, and as a humble outsider to the development of Perl 6 I am musing, and hoping for intelligent answers, about the rate of development in this case.
Your entire post is about volunteers. If we could not expect waving money to succeed, could we expect waving volunteers? Is our stock of volunteers far shorter than was expected or is considered necessary to make timely process? Is the workload simply too large? If that sounds outrageous, and there are issues beyond just the number of volunteers, then perhaps you could offer insight into those issues, instead of just mentioning volunteers in reference to how I am not one of them.