"real damage" Eh?
I think that "real damage" is a term better used to describe actions like killing someone's dog; slashing their tires; or torching their house (to borrow some eventualities mentioned elsewhere in this thread) or something that "damages" the individual's reputation in a way that has economic consequences.
OTOH, perhaps "real damage" could also be used appropriately to describe the wasted hours expended in replying to notes in this thread. It's Sunday morning, local time; so far today, I've seen (I think) no more than half a dozen new nodes (nodes! not just questions) related to Perl... and several dozen additions to this thread.
And here's one more. Where's your self-control, ww?