There's one downside with this approach: many questions that a beginner could answer with his Perl skills are ambiguous and lack context to resolve the ambiguity.
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in thread Small Perl quests for a beginner?
Usually you don't have this problem with "contrived examples", as you call them, and neither with real-world problems. But for beginners it's often hard to judge if a problem can be solved with reasonable effort. Which is why they go back to "contrived" problems.
(I don't want to discourage anybody from answering questions here; I merely think that it's not the best way for the average beginner).