|go ahead... be a heretic|
Allow me to clarify (although I thought dragonchild should have been around long enough by now to realize what's going on).
Many perlmonks.org users don't have access to a Unix shell account. Many others cannot design and host websites because of ISP restrictions, cost reasons, or an extremely thin pipe (think dialup).
perlmonk.org is an Athlon-64 2800+ CPU with a gig of memory, 250GB of disk, and is hung on a T1 provided by a friend of mine at no charge (we don't have the full T1, as it's his VoIP line at home). I restrict most accounts to 25MB a day web traffic, and generally request that people try to keep their disk usage reasonable.
perlmonk.org does not "compete" with perlmonks.org, because there's nothing to "compete" about. They are completely disconnected in functionality.
I've been providing this service for almost 5 years. For several years, I paid for an ISDN line for the server, and provided all the server equipment. ar0n (a long lost user) provided the first donation, a 60GB Maxtor that dies in December 2005. A handful of generous people have answered the call for financial donations to cover the new server equipment, although I'm still a little in the hole on it (normally I'd pay for it and not worry about it, but contract gigs have been tight, and the wallet is thin).
Petruchio is my co-manager of the server, and has been exceedingly helpful in configuring the new server, and managing some of the more distasteful aspects (namely,
So there you have the real info, straight from the horses mouth. Or his keyboard. Or whatever.