To be honest, I don't find the monastery at all pompous. If you have a genuine and well researched question you will get a darned good answer here, something which sadly cannot be said of Usenet.
That I certainly don't agree with. I find questions on
comp.lang.perl.misc answered faster and more to the point
than on perlmonks. People here tend to be more verbose, and
there are a lot of posts that don't really answer the question.
Because I am not surrounded by fourteen year old script-kiddy apostles for the God of PHP.
Maybe you aren't, but there are certainly days I do feel
that perlmonks is filled with them.