> However, I think the Perl 6 debacle (and believe me, from outside the Perl community it really does look like a debacle) has hurt the Perl brand.
Right. It is emphatically *not* a debacle, but it sure has been made to look like one and that hurts the brand.
> So even if it hasn't hurt Perl technically, it's definitely hurt the perceptions of Perl.
Look how you're framing things. Hasn't hurt Perl technically?!? Why are you discounting the huge positive impact of things like Moose or the testing revolution?
> I own a company whose products are largely written in Perl 5. I've given up trying to find good programmers with Perl experience; instead, I just look for good programmers and get them to learn Perl. The shrinking appeal of Perl is eventually going to start hurting us.
That's why Perl 6 was started by folk who wanted something that *was* appealing. And, even though most folk currently think otherwise (invariably based on ignorance, not knowledge), the Perl 6 language *is* appealing to Perl's original audiences and several new ones too.