All I'm saying is that much of the "damage to the community" is your
standard "Me Too!-ism". It has become quite fashionable to beat up on
Perl and sadly those kinds of things are self-perpetuating. It always
takes awhile for people to ease up (I suspect the initial distate for
Perl came because of how much nicer Python and then Ruby seemed to be and
because Perl was King of the Hill).
The Perl5 community is dated, there is simply no way around it. It's not
something the Perl guys can fix easily (especially as long as people
continue to believe Perl is strictly write-only). I guess they're
attempting to fix it by Perl6 so I guess it would be better if it were
out sooner rather than later but things don't always work that way.
And anyways, were companies really under the impression that Perls 1-5
were *not* some kind of wacky New Age experiment? Perl's idea of OOP is
blessing objects for crying out load. Typeglobs! There's modules out
there to program Perl in Latin! The language has never had a spec, just
the interpreter and later the test suite.
So in that regard Perl6 is nothing markedly inferior.