in reply to Musings on the Basics....
Just a couple of notes. First you should not be surprised that you see the 'quick answers' people at help sites - where else should they go? Second the quick answers people ask many questions - so it is not surprising that they generate bulk of the question at the help sites. But frankly it is better not to judge anyone and mark them with this 'quick answer' label. If someone needs a quick answer - then let him have it. Perhaps he was reading the manuals but just forgot something, or dug himself into a hole by some misunderstending or perhaps he does not really want to learn Perl but just needs to fix a damned script that he uses for his work. There are many life circumstances - and it is impossible to be just in your judgement with such a incidental and remote contact.