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Agreed. Although to me, these users are already part of the community. Are we really that snobby as to exclude them by default?
The 'perl community' as Randal defines it has long ignored perl users who just want to build applications with a tool that is available to them. They don't want to read forums, write modules, or go to conferences. They do their job without a lifetime committment to perl. These people are extremely valuable and it's that group that needs to expand.
Perl hackers need to come back down to Earth and realize that a meritocracy may be fine for core developers, but a wide user base is extremely important. The perl community is not just p5p or #perl.