I am a newbie, so treat my words like that. (It's like Newbies Anonymous, isn't it? Hi, I'm Dani and I've been a newbie for 2 months. Clap Hi Dani!)
Every forum, site, or mailing list has its lifecycles. Sometimes oldtimers are fed up and go away, sometimes new guys with loud voices come in and shape the place.
PerlMonks is an amazing site, I'm glad I found it and I'm mad at myself not to have joined years ago. I'm not worried that RTFM or LetMeGoogleThatForYou will be the norm as long as there are people to point out that here it isn't the norm.
Sometimes we need a rant, a reminder, a discussion about where we're heading and if it's a good thing or not.
But I don't believe in a Golden Age. A Golden Age is NOW for me, because I found this site and I feel good. You don't feel like it anymore - drop some puns, send a few RTFM-trolls away, do whatever you like, but DO something. Like writing this post. :)
It's not the "site", or "them", it's US. You, me, everybody. If there are enough healthy-minded monks left, the site will always be a good place, if not...that's cyber-evolution for you.
That was a postmodern post, nothing came out of it, but since Perl is the first postmodern computer language, I don't feel bad about it. Cheers.
I'm too lazy to be proud of being impatient.