tinita, I agree that the point is mainly that we don't need to sexualize our conversation in the context of perlmonks.
I did enjoy the cartoon and thought it made its points in a clever way, including the sexualization of perl. But I would have felt uncomfortable posting a link to it on perlmonks because it's a global forum and certainly there are some people in that forum who do not want to see perl sexualized and I value their contribution to the forum.
I don't know if a <NSFW> label would have helped the situation or not. Certainly, it would have just been best to suppress the urge to post a link to it.
I agree that it's not about lynching the original poster. That's definitely not the right thing to do. And I can also imagine me trying to defend myself after making such a mistake (although in this case, it's a losing battle). So, I find that understandable.
I read the whole thread and didn't find it excessively one-sided in favor of the OP or against pemungkah -- there were a lot of replies to OP refuting his statements, in fact more than I expected having read some summaries of the discussion on blogs.perl.org. Anyway, I think much of the perl community has been sensitized to these issues recently discussions like this one and with talks like Schwern's or others in the wider FOSS community. Progress is being made.
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