i think it's time that someone who has managed projects like this to write a useful autopsy/analysis. was it the case of trying to take too big a step away from the time-honored version? too many high-level add-on features? was perl(5) already too syntax bound to back out? was the polyglot backend (which == 'Parrot', i think...) the downfall? too many cooks not enough benevolent dictator? what killed it???
i loved perl. (it got me through the data analysis on my thesis) i'm sorry to see it sink away. but to deny that it has isn't going to help at this point.