Not to nit, but:
more beginners decreasing the signal to noise ratio
This isn't quite correct; beginners have the potental to bring the signal-to-noise down, particularly if they don't use resources already available to them (such as Search, Super Search, the FAQs, and other resources). However, beginners that at least try to scan these resources and ask reasonable questions are the ones that help to maintain high signal-to-noise.
PM should continue to strive for the addition of more new perl programmers, as that is one aspect of this community that makes it great.
Dr. Michael K. Neylon - email@example.com
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It's not what you know, but knowing how to find it if you don't know that's important
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