Well, for one, I think there is a great set of people who run the site. They aren't fanatics. Quite open to suggestions. I can't say that they do, but they act as if they are there to serve their community. Maybe it's a bit of an ego trip to say, "Here. We've built the pool and play life guard."
From that, they grant everyone (in short time) almost similar powers, using their own higher powers to either improve on the site structure or "protect" it. We all can vote and show our own approval/disapproval of content. Take any user and look at their lowest and highest rep'd nodes. As a whole, usually, not all the time, makes the right decision on using their votes. There are some high and low ranking nodes that I don't agree with, but we are all entitled to opinions, no? :)
On top of it, we all have a common interest. What it is, is hard to say. 'cause It's not just perl. (Someone will poke fun at me 'cause I do know java. I'm of the few monks who like both java and perl and study them deeply). Look at the discussions you see on just general programming, on interacting with the community, on poetry, and if asked correctly, security.
It's not just the more general idea of the community aspect of the site, because you can go to some places, ask a question, and get treated like crap from everyone w/. We are a community that wishes to grow and become something better. Here, if you get flamed, it's either because you refuse to listen on how to get help, or someone is being an idiot. In the latter case, they are acting on their own and not as a group of idiots. But on par, you will have someone help you get to the answer, regardless how well you ask it.
Bart: God, Schmod. I want my monkey-man.
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