I don't know about the community as a whole, but it is a very common way to be introduced to the language, especially if it is your first programming language. Perl was (or is?) for a long time the web language, and lots of people that get into programming started out with "wanting to do a cool home page". A perfectly valid reason to take up programming.
in reply to Are we obsessed with CGI?
Thus, I see it as even more natural that the SOPW questions are web oriented as well, as I assume that a majority of the questions comes from beginners that has just started (or so they say... *grin*). Which is perfect, and exactly why it is there - but I am not surprised at the goals of the beginner perl programmer... :)
For myself, I started with perl to help administrate a web server, and to play around with what seemed a powerful language. I later have done some web stuff in it too, but so far no complete sites, but rather addons and extras. I still use perl mainly for non-web programming, although I think it is an excellent choice for both. :)
Perl has so far never disappointed me in any area that I can recall.
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