Today is a truly excellent day. I've been promoted to Deacon in PerlMonks in my 12th year here. I am very thankful to those who have upvoted my posts and provided me with advice (and sometimes admonishments) to assist me in reaching this point. (Note: I would have reached this sooner but I took some time off from the website.)
The Perlmonks website not only provides you with a convenient place to ask questions -- it offers you a place to get some feedback on your solution-making capabilities. You are rewarded for providing a solution quickly as well as elegantly. Learning do to this will assist you personally and professionally but the process takes time. I think GrandFather or some other fellow Perlmonk regularly says that it takes a lot of hard work to be lazy. Today I realize the truth in this statement. My participation in Perlmonks has challenged me to look beyond myself to always seek out better ways of accomplishing programming tasks. Before Perl I was familiar with C programming, some C++, and very heavily involved in coding Visual Basic. I was a Windows programmer, doomed to writing heavy, awful, and convoluted code. The language itself defied my best attempts to write elegant solutions. The onerous nature of the closed-source Microsoft training and certification systems turned me into a 'commodity' programer at best. I wanted something more and as I remember it Perlmonks was the first place to kick me in the rear end and demand that I work up to my potential.
I find the Perlmonks website to be an invaluable asset in learning the Perl language. Recommendations for books and modules are superior to other alternatives on the Internet. I wholly recommend Perlmonks and want to help make sure that it survives well into the future. Thank you to all.