A very interesting observation ... “lack of leadership.”
I have only-recently become aware that there are gods here ... or what are called “orders,” which appears to be a very-exclusive, by-invitation-only scheme by which you can volunteer to swab the decks. ;-) (And seriously, I’m not making fun here: if you have a ship at sea, then you have decks and salt-water, and so, those decks must be swabbed.) Probably the reason why I have not been aware of their existence is that ... PerlMonks has de-centralized that role. Having achieved some certain quasi-status, I (among many...) can both “moderate” an unapproved node, and “consider” one that has come under fire ... or bring it under fire in like manner.
PerlMonks, in other words, by design trusts its users, as a collective, with a role that traditionally is reserved to über-powerful "gods," whose singular
authority firepower cannot be questioned nor overturned. However, does that somehow result in “a lack of leadership?” I don’t know. But I sure do find the thought to be interesting, for being so un-answered ...
Still, to me it really does come back to information content, not personalities. The day-to-day bubblings of an online forum are superficially interesting, especially as one slurps one’s first cup of morning coffee, but their real value manifests in the many years that follow. Just today, I found a “timely” answer in a post made eleven years ago ... and, for all I know (and not that I should care), the author could be ten years dead.