in reply to "running with scissors"
I think one of the topmost problems between old skool Perl people and Perlmonks members is the cultural difference. I've never been even a lurker on c.m.l.p (or however it's spelt), but from my run-ins with Perl people (Tom mostly), I think that the general tone of communication is much more direct, I even say offensive.
On Perlmonks I've witnessed three people coming from the "Mainstream Perl Clique", and all had adaption problems, which mostly had to do with the general tone of discussion. To me, this (more or less) gentle tone is what makes Perlmonks different from the rest and what makes Perlmonks the place I want to be a part of. Of course I also get tired from answering newbie questions all day, but nobody forces me to read them. I could of course use usenet instead of Perlmonks, like Abigail does, but my People are here, and we don't have people with a need to display their ego all the time (well, of course we do have them here, but they all got tired after some short time).
Personally I hope that you, merlyn will stay with us, as I've liked most of the informative posts of yours, and maybe you can even learn a bit from Perlmonks, not so much about Perl, but maybe more about Perl people :).
A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. (Dr. Baldwin, "Friday" by R. A. Heinlein)