Personally I think it would be great if the site got more newbies. Better they come here than decide Perl is just too hard, and they head to Matt's Script Archive for a premade solution that may be trivially broken or insecure.
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As to the script-using young persons, it would be great if they came around here, too. They might hear first-hand about the joys of running afoul of computer laws. They might be subjected to peer pressure that turns them from cheap crackers into serious hackers. And they might accidentally help us learn what they are up to, thus making us more able to defend against them.
As far as I know, PM has had very few serious problems with individuals acting outside the bounds of common sense or decency, and that's just an ongoing issue in any community. But I don't think the barriers to entry would have or will stop such as these. I know I'll be adding Perl Monks links on my websites when I do the next major site revisions...