Second your thoughts about “eye-candy land.” Consider GMail, for instance. Or, “I don’t want Chat to go away.” Not one of Google’s millions of customers is given any say in the matter; or, any warning; or, any recourse.
PM is, to me, above-all an information resource. It has quirks and lacks things that I sorely wish that it had, but it runs reasonably fast and it gets me the answers that I need to know, quickly. For any browser that I could think to throw at it. So, I would suggest that we all should proceed with caution. I don’t give a damm if an oracle has a wart on his nose and buck teeth if he gets me the information I need to know and gets it to me now. Which this site does do. And if it continues to attract the quality of participants (present company not included) that it does now do. (Which also it does because there is one “go-to site for Perl,” not several competing ones, and this one is “it.”)
Cosmetic improvements are not terribly important to me, especially to the extent that they might cause disruption of access to the information resource and/or “no real improvement” to that information service. I prioritize search-tools (and now-missing IMHO ratings tools) highly; cosmetics very low; strictly in terms of “what’s in it for m-e yo moi.”